Galen Baughman case gains support to overturn unjust civil confinement

Galen Baughman was one of the original organizers of what became the ReThink Justice DC Coalition, assisting Charlie Sullivan in forming and operating the group, when it was called the First Friday Group. He was the group’s first administrator, until his incarceration in Virginia three years ago based on a technical violation of his parole. …

D.C. data shows how minor supervision violations contribute to excessive jailing

Prison Policy Initiative has published a report–using D.C. as a case study–to show how much non-criminal – and often drug related – “technical” violations of probation and parole contribute to unnecessary jail incarceration. From their report: “In the nation’s capital, the scope of the problem is conspicuous. The Washington, D.C. Department of Corrections estimates that …

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.

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 …

ReThink Justice DC Coalition Letter to City Official Calling for funding for safe housing for Returning Citizens

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition has sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Charles Allen and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton calling on them to “bring a sense of urgency to address the gaps left by the sudden closure of Hope Village.” The letter was signed by a number of local criminal justice reform …