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 …

Federal Government Moves 400 DC Jail Residents Due to Poor Jail Conditons

As reported in articles in the Washington Post and Politico: “The U.S. Marshals Service announced on Tuesday that it had conducted an ‘unannounced inspection’ of District of Columbia Department of Corrections facilities two weeks ago and determined that one of the complexes — the main jail — did not meet federal standards.” The inspection “revealed …

U.S. judge calls for Justice Department civil rights probe into D.C. jail’s treatment of Jan. 6 detainees

As reported in the Washington Post, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth has found the warden of the D.C. jail and director of the D.C. Department of Corrections in contempt of court Wednesday and called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether the jail is violating the civil rights of dozens of detained Jan. …

Senior administration officials mulling ousting US prisons director

The Associated Press has reported that “Senior Biden administration officials have discussed whether to remove Michael Carvajal, the holdover director of the beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons” as reported in the Washington Post. The Post article says that “there’s an indication that the bureau is shaking up its senior ranks following growing criticism of chronic mismanagement, …

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 …

Judge Rules D.C. Jail Must Do More To Protect Inmates From The Coronavirus

As report by WAMU.ORG: A U.S. District judge on Thursday ordered changes at the D.C. Jail to protect inmates from the coronavirus. The ACLU of D.C. and the Public Defender Service had filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of the inmates.

DC DOC Corrections Officers Allege Being Exposed to COVID-10 at DC Jail

As reported by wusa9.com: Cpl. Benjamin Olubasusi, who has been with DOC for 10 years and who has been a participant in the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, in a public press conference, said that officers at the D.C. jail are being exposed to COVID-19