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, …

Sentencing Project releases new private prisons fact sheet

The Sentencing Project has compiled information on the state of private prison’s in the U.S. derived from data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to the data, thirty-one states and the federal government incarcerated 100,151 people in private prisons in 2020, representing 8% of the total state and federal …

Rep. Norton Sends Letter to New Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Regarding Critical Issues Facing D.C. Residents in BOP Custody

A press release issued by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reports that she sent a letter to the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Colette Peters, regarding critical issues facing District of Columbia residents in BOP custody. BOP is responsible for housing individuals convicted of D.C. Code felonies.

Alternatives to Armed Police Response Efforts Thrive In U.S. Cities

Newsweek published a piece providing a look into alternatives to armed police responses put in the context of alternatives to the “Defund the Police” policies. Titled ‘Defund the Police’ Is Dead But Other Reform Efforts Thrive In U.S. Cities,  the article takes the position that the defund movement has “effectively ended.” However, the article goes …

Families Against Mandatory Minimums releases national criminal justice survey

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has released what it calls the “first-ever national poll on prison oversight.” Survey results show that nearly three-quarters of Americans support reforming the nation’s criminal justice system and 82% of the public agree that states and the federal government should have a system of independent oversight for their prisons.

Supreme Court expands scope of judicial discretion under the First Step Act

As reported in this Wall Street Journal article, Supreme Court Rules for Inmates Seeking Reduced Crack-Cocaine Sentences, the court clarified how judges should apply a provision in the federal First Step Act criminal-justice-reform bill. As a result of this ruling, thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug offenses now have new hope of being …

New Report Debunks Widespread Myth of Youth-Led Crime Wave

A new analysis from The Sentencing Project debunks the widespread narrative that youth crime exploded during the pandemic. The report finds scarce evidence of a new youth-led crime wave. Rather, most of the data suggests that rates of violence among people under 18 have been flat or declining. The share of crimes in the U.S. …

Recidivism Study of Federal Bureau of Prisons Work Programs

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has published a report from its recent series on recidivism of federal offenders released in 2010. Titled Recidivism and Federal Bureau of Prisons Programs: Vocational Program Participants Released in 2010 it is the sixth report in the series and examines Bureau of Prisons (BOP) vocational program participants who participated in one of …

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 …