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 …

Mayor Bowser Establishes ReOpen DC Advisory Group

Mayor Bowser announced the leadership of her ReOpen DC Advisory Group today. The Advisory Group is make up of 12 committee. Of interest to ReThink Justice is the Government Operations, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice.

Mayor Bowser Grants Early Release to Several Residents Held in the DC Jail

Mayor Bowser, through authority granted by the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020” that was recently passed by the Council of the District of Columbia, will grant 75 days of additional good time credits to eligible residents in the DC Jail. Those eligible include residents who are currently in the DC Jail as a …