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 administration have let a golden opportunity to seize more autonomy for the District slip away. The Mayor “proceeded to drag her feet and gum up the works just when swift action was required.”
- “This is a close-to-home example of how local government should not work,” Pam Bailey, who co-founded the group More Than Our Crimes to advocate for incarcerated residents, tells Loose Lips. “We say we want statehood, but this was a chance to do something, and I feel like we completely failed. D.C. residents in federal prison already feel completely ignored and invisible, and this has just accentuated it.”