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, …

Senate appropriations bill includes funds for US Parole Commission in 2023

The bill is S.4664, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023. It was introduced in July.  This is one of the appropriations bills that will be passed before the end of 2022. The total language in the bill relevant to the USPC is” “For necessary expenses of the United States Parole Commission …

DC Public Defender Nominated as a Commissioner of the U.S. Parole Commission

A staff attorney with the DC Public Defenders Service has been nominated by President Biden to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission. Her appointment is subject to Senate approval. When approved, Ms. Carter will become one of three Commissioners and the only one who resides in, or has ties to, the District. …

Parole Reform Setback, University Legal Services report

This is a piece from University Legal Services’ Jail and Prison Advocacy Project  recent newsletter.  It was authored by Cami Bianchi, one of their summer interns and is published here with permission. Parole Reform Setback For years now, DC residents and reentry organizations have worked to gain local control over parole, which is currently in …

DCIST article: D.C. Could Take A Pivotal Piece Of The Criminal Justice System Back From Federal Control. Why Is It Taking So Long?

DCIST has published an article on the local control of parole issue titled D.C. Could Take A Pivotal Piece Of The Criminal Justice System Back From Federal Control. Why Is It Taking So Long?. Some highlights from the article: The U.S. Parole Commission has wrought decades of harm on D.C. residents, especially Black D.C. residents …

City Paper: Bowser’s Delays Could Cost D.C. the Chance to Take Back Control of Parole From the Feds

The Washington City Paper published an article on the issue of local control of parole titled Bowser’s Delays Could Cost D.C. the Chance to Take Back Control of Parole From the Feds. Some highlights: Advocates fear the city has missed a golden opportunity to gain more autonomy and help incarcerated people. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her …

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).

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 …

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 …

Local Control of DC Parole Document Library

Reports,  Letters, and Testimony Regarding Local Control of Parole This post is regularly updated as new documents are published. The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has been actively advocating to transfer the parole function from federal control to local District control through the work of its New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee. Along with our partners …