WASHINGTON, D.C. – State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, represented Illinois at a White House summit Tuesday that discussed efforts around the country that aim to prevent gun violence, reform the criminal justice system and improve public safety for all residents.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to share some of the things we’ve been working on here in Illinois to curb violence,” Ford said. “In order for us to succeed, we have to be willing to work together. Public safety is not a static issue, which is why I will continue to review insights from other states, engage law enforcement, talk to prosecutors, listen to survivors and maintain a dialogue with advocates.”

Ford shared thoughts on recent efforts to improve public safety in Illinois, including bail reform and updates to electronic monitoring. As current chair of the House Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force, Ford has led numerous public meetings over the past two years with law enforcement, nonprofits and other stakeholders actively engaged in public safety efforts around the state. Ford has also served this year on the House Firearm Safety Working Group, providing input on the development of upcoming legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. Dating back to 2012 when he was named chair of the House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force, Ford has been active in public safety initiatives within the General Assembly.

“I know that the President and the White House are working every day to address violence around our country,” Ford said. “The federal government is an important partner in violence prevention efforts, let’s continue to have a productive dialogue so that we can ensure every community receives the attention and resources they deserve.”

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