Rep. Norton Introduces Congressional Legislation for Returning Parole and Supervised Release to District Control

What Happened The federal Revitalization Act of 1997 and subsequent legislation placed the management of the parole function under a federal agency, the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC). This past November, Congress authorized the elimination of the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC) in November 2020. This opened the door to returning these functions to District control. Now, …

DC City Council Committee Assignments for 2021

According to several media reports, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has announced Council assignments for next year. Some highlights:

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 …

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 …

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 …

ReThink Justice DC Coalition Letter to City Official Calling for funding for safe housing for Returning Citizens

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Charles Allen and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton calling on them to “bring a sense of urgency to address the gaps left by the sudden closure of Hope Village.” The letter was signed by a number of local criminal justice reform …