ReThink Justice and Reentry Task Force Report – Principles for a Parole Entity

There is a new report titled Establishing Principles for the Creation of a Local Paroling Authority in Washington, D.C. published today with this post.  This was developed as a joint effort between the ReThink Justice DC Coalition and the DC Reentry Task Force. The report lays out 19 principles that a new local parole function, …

ReThink Justice Report – Local Control of Parole Timeline

Local advocates have been calling for the parole function to be returned to District control for many years. The ReThink Justice DC Coalition’s New Visions Committee has been one of the groups deeply involved in this advocacy.

Mayor Bowser Endorses Local Control of Parole and Two-year US Parole Commission Update

In a letter to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton dated July 5, 2020, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser publicly endorsed, for the first time, the District taking over the parole function from the US Parole Commission (USPC). Mayor Bowser asked Rep. Norton to take action in Congress to extend the USPC’s authorization for two years after it …

Local Control of Parole Clergy Letter Sent to DC Council and Mayor

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition participant Julie Petersmeyer, organized 46 local clergy to sign on to a letter sent to the DC City Council and Mayor Bowser. Titled Faith Leaders in support of Restoring Local Control Over Parole in the District of Columbia, the letter calls on the Council to take action to bring the …

ReThink Justice New Visions Committee Testimony on Local Control of Parole to DC Council

The ReThink Justice New Visions Committee has been very active advocating to get the District government to move for without delay to take action to assume control of the parole function which now rests with the United States Parole Commission (USPC). Malcolm Young, Co-Chair, New Visions Committee, with the assistance of other committee participants, submitted testimony …

Reentry Task Force Sends Letter to Local Officials Urging Immediate Action Towards Local Control of the Parole Function: Additional Reports

The Co-Chairs of the DC Reentry Task Force sent a letter to key District officials to “to urge [them] to immediately move forward on efforts to restore the D.C. Government’s control over parole.” The letter was signed-on to by the Rethink Justice DC Coalition, many of its participants as well as other advocacy groups and …

Rep. Norton to Introduce Legislation Giving D.C. Local Control Over Parole and Supervised Release Determinations

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton today announced that she will introduce legislation to give DC the authority to make parole and supervised release determinations when it takes over the parole function from the U.S. Parole Commission, whose control of this function will expire at the end of 2022. For more: View Congresswoman Norton’s press release

Local Control of the Parole Function: Additional Reports

As reported in an earlier post, The New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee of the ReThink Justice DC Coalition published a report that examines the current processes by which parole and supervised release are revoked in the District of Columbia and the impact of those revocations on the District of Columbia’s jail and prison population. …

Returning the Parole Function to Local Control: A Report from the ReThink Justice New Visions Committee

The New Vision: Alternatives to Incarceration Committee of the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, has published a report that examines the current processes by which parole and supervised release are revoked in the District of Columbia and the impact of those revocations on the District of Columbia’s jail and prison population. The report was unanimously endorsed …