Rep. Norton’s Bill Expanding D.C. Home Rule Approved by House Judiciary Commitee

In a press release issued by her office, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that her District of Columbia Home Rule Expansion Act (H.R. 8861), “the biggest expansion of D.C. home rule since passage of the D.C. Home Rule Act in 1973,” passed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill, if passed into law, …

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 …

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 …

Federal Court Cites DC Failure to Provide Special Education to Students at the DC Jail

The US District Court for the District of Columbia entered an Order holding the District is in contempt of the Court’s preliminary injunction issued on June 16, 2021 because DC is continuing to fail to provide special education to the students with disabilities who are incarcerated at the DC Jail. The District must comply with …

D.C. Council Tackles Sweeping Rewrite of Criminal Code

As reported in the DCIST:  The DC Council has begun a process to evaluate a sweeping rewrite of the city’s criminal code, a deep-in-the-weeds and yet potentially consequential effort to better define crimes, clarify terms and penalties, and repeal outdated offenses — some dating back more than a century. The proposal could also have a …

ReThink Justice Meeting Features Briefing on new Police Reform Commission Report

The April 2021 ReThink Justice monthly meeting featured a presentation on the recently publish final report of the DC Police Reform Commission. The report included a comprehensive set of police reform recommendations. The briefing was given by Blaine Stum, Legislative Policy Analyst for DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson . Mr. Stum, on behalf of Chairman …

Community Leaders Send Letter to Councilmember Gray Questioning his attack on The Horizon homeless center

I a letter send to Councilmember Vincent Gray, a diverse group of over 20 community leaders, faith leaders and citizens calling on him to abandon his attacks on The Horizon, a short-term family housing facility in Ward 7 that supports 35 families. They also noted in the letter that the attack on The Horizon was …

Is Councilman Gray rallying council members to torpedo our new DC men’s halfway house?

As reported in the Washington City Paper Loose Lips this week, Councilman Vince Gray is using a political maneuver–supported by Council Chair Mendelson–as leverage to stop the opening of the federal men’s halfway house in his Ward. It should be noted that this tactic, if successful, may close down a homeless shelter! The District has …