DC Advocacy group, More Than Our Crimes, featured in DCIST article

More Than Our Crimes, a group who advocates for individuals convicted of violent crimes who deserve a second chance, has been featured in an article published by the DCIST. The article, titled Meet The Duo Running A Publication By And For D.C.’s Prison Population, features  More Than Our Crimes founders Pam Bailey and Robert Barton.

House Committee Passes Bill Requiring Federal Bureau of Prisons to Provide Information to D.C. on Returning Citizens

A bill introduced by Rep. Elenor Holmes-Norton (D-DC) was passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill, if passed into law, would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide information to the District of Columbia on individuals convicted of felonies under D.C. law in BOP custody. BOP houses individuals convicted of …

Incarcerated D.C. resident publishes article in Politico on the failure of prison lockdowns

Robert Barton is a D.C. resident serving a sentence of 30 years to life, currently at the U.S. penitentiary in Coleman, Florida, which is in lockdown. He submitted an op-ed to Politico by regular mail via More Than Our Crimes, (an organization he co-founded) and they published it. His article explains the damage done to incarcerated …

DC Public Defender Service Files Lawsuit Against BOP Alleging Unequal Treatment

DCIST.com has reported that the Public Defender Service for D.C. has filed a class action lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, arguing that people from D.C. are treated unfairly in federal prisons. The lawsuit alleges that the system used to calculate security designations for people charged with crimes in D.C. “systematically” leads to higher …

Time Magazine Weighs in on DC Dept. of Corrections Issues

The ongoing problems with the DC Department of Corrections has attracted high-level national media attention. Time magazine this week published an article titled The Crisis at the D.C. Jail Began Decades Before Jan. 6 Defendants Started Raising Concerns. The article chronicles what it calls “decades of sounded alarms” leading up to the current controversy surrounding …

DC Dept. of Corrections: Director Booth out, New Director Faust in

As reported in the DCist and elsewhere, District Mayor Muriel Bowser has named former Dept. of Corrections Director Tom Faust (2011 to2016) to take over running the department. He replaces Quincy Booth and who will now serve “in an advisory role.” It is unclear exactly what Booth’s role will be. Faust previously served as Arlington …

DC Attorney General Opinion Piece on DC Jail Conditions

DC Attorney General Karl Racine voiced his opinion’s regarding the conditions in the Jail in a piece recently published in the Washington Post. He writes: “Recent reports of squalid conditions in D.C. jail are unfortunately not new. But they should finally serve as a clarion call to D.C. leaders to take bold action. Instead of …

Local Opinion: Transferring D.C. jail residents to Pennsylvania is not the answer

Anthony Petty and Shannon Fyfe, from Neighbors for Justice (a local organization founded in 2020 to support individuals who are incarcerated at the D.C. jail) recently published an opinion in the Washington Post. The piece responded to the Justice Department announcement that about 400 residents of the Central Detention Facility (CDF) at the D.C. jail …

D.C. Enters Agreement With U.S. Marshals Service for Jail Living Conditions

Last week the U.S. Marshall’s Service conducted an inspection of DC’s Department of Corrections facilities and determined that the main jail did not meet federal standards. As a result, the Marshall’s Service planned to move approximately 400 jail residents to the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, as reported in the DCIST, the …