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 …

U.S. Sentencing Commission Updates its Interactive Data Analyzer

The Interactive Data Analyzer (IDA) is an online tool that can be used to explore, customize, and visualize annual federal sentencing data. IDA now provides data spanning seven years—from fiscal years 2015 through 2021. Features include: Simple visualization and navigation of complex datasets (tutorial video); Combined annual data and trend analyses spanning seven years; Data …

Toward a Reentry-Centered Vision of Federal Probation

The United States Courts (uscourts.gov) has published an article titled All Hands on Deck! Toward a Reentry-Centered Vision of Federal Probation. The article considers how we might enhance the reentry process in federal supervision, particularly with the recent passage of the First Step Act (FSA).

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 …

Bureau of Prisons in Hot Water After Associated Press Expose

A recent expose by the Associated Press reported that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) “is a hotbed of abuse, graft and corruption, and has turned a blind eye to employees accused of misconduct.” According to the report, over 100 federal prison workers have been arrested, convicted or sentenced for crimes since the start of 2019. …

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 …

Biden Gives Rep. Norton Opportunity to Recommend Candidates for U.S. Parole Commission

President Biden has authorized Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to recommend candidates to be Commissioners serving on the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC). Commissioners are appointed by the President and must be confirmed by the Senate. Rep. Norton has announced that her office will be accepting applications until 6:00 p.m. on November 11, 2021. Applications consist of …