Mayor Bowser Endorses Local Control of Parole and Two-year US Parole Commission Update

In a letter to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton dated July 5, 2020, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser publicly endorsed, for the first time, the District taking over the parole function from the US Parole Commission (USPC). Mayor Bowser asked Rep. Norton to take action in Congress to extend the USPC’s authorization for two years after it …

Local Control of Parole Clergy Letter Sent to DC Council and Mayor

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition participant Julie Petersmeyer, organized 46 local clergy to sign on to a letter sent to the DC City Council and Mayor Bowser. Titled Faith Leaders in support of Restoring Local Control Over Parole in the District of Columbia, the letter calls on the Council to take action to bring the …

ReThink Justice New Visions Committee Testimony on Local Control of Parole to DC Council

The ReThink Justice New Visions Committee has been very active advocating to get the District government to move for without delay to take action to assume control of the parole function which now rests with the United States Parole Commission (USPC). Malcolm Young, Co-Chair, New Visions Committee, with the assistance of other committee participants, submitted testimony …

Judge Rules D.C. Jail Must Do More To Protect Inmates From The Coronavirus

As report by WAMU.ORG: A U.S. District judge on Thursday ordered changes at the D.C. Jail to protect inmates from the coronavirus. The ACLU of D.C. and the Public Defender Service had filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of the inmates.

DC City Council Releases Hearings Schedule for Budget and other Business

The DC City Council has published a public hearing schedule for the upcoming budget and other business. A link to the PDF document with all the details is provided below.

Note the following:

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ReThink Justice DC Coalition Letter to City Official Calling for funding for safe housing for Returning Citizens

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Charles Allen and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton calling on them to “bring a sense of urgency to address the gaps left by the sudden closure of Hope Village.” The letter was signed by a number of local criminal justice reform advocates.

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Reentry Task Force Sends Letter to Local Officials Urging Immediate Action Towards Local Control of the Parole Function: Additional Reports

The Co-Chairs of the DC Reentry Task Force sent a letter to key District officials to “to urge [them] to immediately move forward on efforts to restore the D.C. Government’s control over parole.” The letter was signed-on to by the Rethink Justice DC Coalition, many of its participants as well as other advocacy groups and …

ReThink Justice DC Coalition Letter to Mayor Bowser, Councilman Allen and Rep. Norton

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition today sent a letter to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser,  Councilmember Charles Allen and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton urging specific protective actions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus to justice-involved DC residents.

The letter calls for “immediate action to minimize the risk that the COVID-19 coronavirus presents to the lives of citizens who are arrested, and detained, in the DC Department of Corrections” and offers specific recommendations.

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Local Control of the Parole Function: Additional Reports

As reported in an earlier post, The New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee of the ReThink Justice DC Coalition published a report that examines the current processes by which parole and supervised release are revoked in the District of Columbia and the impact of those revocations on the District of Columbia’s jail and prison population. …