Alternatives to Armed Police Response Efforts Thrive In U.S. Cities

Newsweek published a piece providing a look into alternatives to armed police responses put in the context of alternatives to the “Defund the Police” policies. Titled ‘Defund the Police’ Is Dead But Other Reform Efforts Thrive In U.S. Cities,  the article takes the position that the defund movement has “effectively ended.” However, the article goes …

D.C. Police Union Loses Challenge Of Law Reforming Officer Discipline

DCIST has reported that federal appellate judges have rejected the D.C. police union’s challenge of a law that gives the Metropolitan Police Department more power over police disciplinary processes. The law, originally passed in 2020, strips police discipline from collective bargaining processes and makes it easier for the department to fire police officers accused of …

D.C.’s Incarcerated Residents Right To Vote

DCIST recently published an article raising questions about the implementation of the law extending the right to vote to incarcerated D.C. residents (passed by the D.C. Council two years ago) is actually being implemented. Titled D.C.’s Incarcerated Residents Have The Right To Vote, But Sometimes It’s Easier Said Than Done, it reports that advocates who …

Families Against Mandatory Minimums releases national criminal justice survey

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has released what it calls the “first-ever national poll on prison oversight.” Survey results show that nearly three-quarters of Americans support reforming the nation’s criminal justice system and 82% of the public agree that states and the federal government should have a system of independent oversight for their prisons.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council gun violence reduction plan

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), a federally-funded independent D.C. agency, recently released a report on gun violence in the city. The Gun Violence Reduction Strategic Plan offers 16 recommendations designed to decrease violent crime and to alleviate the socioeconomic factors that give rise to violence in D.C. As reported in the Washington Post, and …

Training Academy For Violence Interrupters Launches In D.C.

Violence interruption is a community-based approach to reducing communal and interpersonal violence that treats violence as a public health problem. This type of model was reportedly created by the organization Cure Violence Global. Individuals providing violence interruption services are known as violence interrupters. Techniques used include mediation and measures to address underlying causes of violence. Violence interrupters …

DC Public Defender Nominated as a Commissioner of the U.S. Parole Commission

A staff attorney with the DC Public Defenders Service has been nominated by President Biden to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission. Her appointment is subject to Senate approval. When approved, Ms. Carter will become one of three Commissioners and the only one who resides in, or has ties to, the District. …

Parole Reform Setback, University Legal Services report

This is a piece from University Legal Services’ Jail and Prison Advocacy Project  recent newsletter.  It was authored by Cami Bianchi, one of their summer interns and is published here with permission. Parole Reform Setback For years now, DC residents and reentry organizations have worked to gain local control over parole, which is currently in …

Councilmember Cheh Introduces bill to Ban Solitary Confinement in D.C.

As reported in the City Paper, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a new bill that would effectively end the practice of Solitary Confinement at the DC Jail, which has been notorious for its liberal use of solitary for all manner of incarcerated people there. This legislation goes a bit further than her prior unsuccessful …

DCIST article: D.C. Could Take A Pivotal Piece Of The Criminal Justice System Back From Federal Control. Why Is It Taking So Long?

DCIST has published an article on the local control of parole issue titled D.C. Could Take A Pivotal Piece Of The Criminal Justice System Back From Federal Control. Why Is It Taking So Long?. Some highlights from the article: The U.S. Parole Commission has wrought decades of harm on D.C. residents, especially Black D.C. residents …