DC Police Reform Commission Responds to Deon Kay Shooting

The newly formed DC Police Reform Commission (more) held an emergency meeting on Friday, September 4, 2020 to receive a briefing from the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on the police shooting of Deon Kay in Southeast D.C. on September 2, 2020, and to discuss police shootings more generally.  This followed a statement …

Video: Interview with Nicole Porter, Nicole Porter

Ms. Porter was interviewed by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) as part of their “Reimagining Criminal Justice in the United States.” Nicole is Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project where she manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice …

Video: Interview with Malcolm C. Young

Mr. Young was interviewed by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) as part of their “Reimagining Criminal Justice in the United States.” Mr. Young has advocated for individuals in America’s criminal justice system for more than 45 years. During his illustrious career, Malcolm served as a defense attorney at a community defender office in Chicago. …

Video: Interview with Richard N. Van Wickler, Cheshire County Department of Corrections

Mr. Van Wickler was interviewed by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) as part of their “Reimagining Criminal Justice in the United States.” Mr. Van Wickler was the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire for 27 years. Mr. Van Wickler is a veteran of the United States Army and …

New DC Police Reform Commission Holds First Meeting

Background The DC City Council recently passed emergency legislation that included reforms related to the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and its operations. The new law is called the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-336). The Council intends to vote on a permanent replacement for this emergency …

Mayor Bowser Appointed a New Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

In her morning press conference today, Mayor Bowser announced that she had appointed Dr. Roger A. Mitchell Jr., Interim Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. Dr. Mitchell  has been serving as DC’s Chief Medical Examiner. More recently he has served as the Co-Chair of the Reopen DC Committee. Former Deputy Mayor for Public Safety …

ReThink Justice Report – Local Control of Parole Timeline

Local advocates have been calling for the parole function to be returned to District control for many years. The ReThink Justice DC Coalition’s New Visions Committee has been one of the groups deeply involved in this advocacy.

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 …