Councilman Mendelson files bill to expand police transparency

As reported in the DCIST, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has introduced a bill largely drawn from recommendations by the D.C. Police Reform Commission, though the bill tackles only a small portion of the commission’s 90 recommendations.

DC Council Rejects Councilman Gray’s Attempt To Block Ward 7 Halfway House

As reported in the dcist.com, the DC City Council shot down emergency legislation introduced by Gray to use eminent domain to block the construction and opening of a new halfway house for men in Ward 7. The legislation failed by a vote of 10 to 3. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds …

D.C. Council Judiciary Committee Advances Bill Giving More Young Offenders A Chance At Early Release

On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, voted Monday to advance a number of bills, including measures to permanently ban ghost guns, strengthen D.C.’s “red flag” law, clarify how citizen initiative and referenda can get on the ballot, and give more young offenders the chance to petition for early release from prison, as reported by DCIST.com. Of …

Senators Feinstein and Booker Introduce Bill to Help State, Local Prisons Test, Treat COVID-19

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, today announced they will introduce the COVID–19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act. The bill will help state and local governments provide COVID-19 testing and treatment for individuals in state and local correctional facilities. Judiciary Committee Chairman …

DC Council passes second emergency COVID-19 relief bill

Source: wtop.com Meeting remotely for the first time in its 45-year history, the D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, a measure that establishes a rent freeze and mortgage payment deferrals, an expansion of unemployment insurance and more. The bill also allows for up to 54 days of good-time credits …

Analysis of the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) and the Second Look Act Legislation

The DC City Council is considering updates to the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) and new legislation called the Second Look Act. This legislation has caused some confusion for criminal justice advocates. The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, a participant in the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, has created an comparative analysis of this legislation …