November 7, 2016
Nov 07

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Janet Reno


Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Janet Reno, an extraordinary public servant who dedicated her life to advancing justice, equality, and innovations in criminal justice that would save and lift lives.

As Attorney General for all eight years of my Presidency, Janet worked tirelessly to make our communities safer, protect the vulnerable, and to strike the right balance between seeking justice and avoiding abuse of power.  From her work as a prosecutor in Florida pioneering “drug courts” that gave first-time offenders the chance to avoid jail time, to her leadership enforcing the Violence Against Women Act and Brady Bill as Attorney General, she never forgot that policy matters and makes a difference in the lives of real people. It’s fitting that she spent her last years with family and friends, living in the house her mother built with her own hands.  Janet was her mother’s daughter.  I will always be grateful for her service, counsel, and friendship.