Guest Editorial: Thoughts on Local Control of DC’s Parole Function

Author: Malcolm C. Young This post was summarized from communications and testimony to the DC Council on the issue of the District taking over control of the parole function, currently under federal control. I have some experience in criminal justice and was a participant in the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety’s roundtable hearings …

ReThink Justice Reports and Testimony for Local Control of Parole

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has been actively advocating to transfer the parole function from federal control to local District control through the work of its New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee. Along with our partners in the Reentry Task Force, we’ve made a substantial contribution to the effort to establish an effective, humane, innovative …

Early release works for most offenders – OpEd by Pam Bailey

Pam Bailey is the co-founder of MoreThanOurCrimes.org and an active ReThink Justice participant. Her letter to the editor of the Washington Post was recently published, titled Opinion: Early release works for most offenders.

Congressional Members Discuss Reentry and Wellness with Fairview Residents

From DC Project Connect A local chapter of the oldest Black sorority in our country, Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. organized a social justice forum for residents of the Fairview on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The event was entitled, “A Closer Look at the Health and Wellness of Incarcerated …

ReThink Justice Publishes Two Reports Answering Questions about DC Local Control of Parole

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has been actively advocating to transfer the parole function from federal control to local District control through the work of its New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee. Last year the  ReThink New Vision Committee published a report titled Establishing Principles for the Creation of a Local Paroling Authority and in …

A New Vision for a District-Controlled Parole Authority

Members of the DC Reentry Task Force and the ReThink Justice DC New Visions Committee have published a three-page summary briefing presenting a blueprint for a new, District-controlled parole authority. This vision is needed now. With the upcoming expiration of the United States Parole Commission (USPC), the District has an unprecedented opportunity to design and …

DC Jail COVID measures called a “grave human rights abuse”

An article published in The Washington Post  noted that 1,500 people held at D.C. jail have been confined to cells 23 hours a day for a year. The article quotes DC Dept. of Corrections Director Quincy Booth referring to a a federal judge’s order in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by inmates last spring …

Rep. Norton Asks Bureau of Prisons to Share Information on Residents Leaving Custody and Returning to DC

FROM REP. NORTON PRESS RELEASE: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to request that BOP provide information on District of Columbia residents leaving BOP custody so that the District can help with reentry into the community. Alternatively, Norton requested that if BOP continues to take the …

DC Council Rejects Councilman Gray’s Attempt To Block Ward 7 Halfway House

As reported in the dcist.com, the DC City Council shot down emergency legislation introduced by Gray to use eminent domain to block the construction and opening of a new halfway house for men in Ward 7. The legislation failed by a vote of 10 to 3. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds …