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.

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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. …

Returning the Parole Function to Local Control: A Report from the ReThink Justice New Visions Committee

The New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee of the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, has 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. The report was unanimously endorsed …

Sign-on Letter to City Officials regarding DC Men’s Halfway House

The ReThink Justice Pathways to Reentry Committee send a sign-on letter to Mayor Bowser and Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council’s Judiciary Committee to bring to their attention an urgent situation regarding the District’s only halfway house for men. The letters states that the signees believe that this DC-based halfway house is in danger …

Analysis of the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) and the Second Look Act Legislation

The DC City Council is considering updates to the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) and new legislation called the Second Look Act. This legislation has caused some confusion for criminal justice advocates. The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, a participant in the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, has created an comparative analysis of this legislation …