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 …

U.S. judge calls for Justice Department civil rights probe into D.C. jail’s treatment of Jan. 6 detainees

As reported in the Washington Post, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth has found the warden of the D.C. jail and director of the D.C. Department of Corrections in contempt of court Wednesday and called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether the jail is violating the civil rights of dozens of detained Jan. …

Article: D.C. wants to take back parole from the feds. But it’s taken almost no action as deadline looms.

The Washington Post article reports the experience of DC native James Dunn  to demonstrate all that is wrong with the current system of parole under the federal U.S. Probation Service (USPC). Despite being fully qualified for parole, the USPC denied him release three times. Mr. Dunn was finally able to win release under DC’s new …

Redesigning Risk and Need Assessment in Corrections

The National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the US Dept. of Justice, has published an article titled Redesigning Risk and Need Assessment in Corrections. The article introduces a report released by the agency titled Guidelines for Post-Sentencing Risk Assessment.  The agency said it undertook to produced these guidelines because: “… the kind of …

Senior administration officials mulling ousting US prisons director

The Associated Press has reported that “Senior Biden administration officials have discussed whether to remove Michael Carvajal, the holdover director of the beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons” as reported in the Washington Post. The Post article says that “there’s an indication that the bureau is shaking up its senior ranks following growing criticism of chronic mismanagement, …

Congressional Members Discuss Reentry and Wellness with Fairview Residents

From DC Project Connect A local chapter of the oldest Black sorority in our country, Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. organized a social justice forum for residents of the Fairview on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The event was entitled, “A Closer Look at the Health and Wellness of Incarcerated …

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, …