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.

That report and an executive summary of the report may be downloaded from link contained in the post. [Click here to view that post.]

Additional Reports on Local Control of the Parole Function

Two other reports on this issue have been published. Below are descriptions of these reports and links to each.

Report of the Local Control Committee of the DC Jails & Justice Task Force

The DC Jails & Justice Task Force is a 26-member independent advisory body established in 2019 to evaluate elements of a new correctional plan for the city, make recommendations about who should and should not be held in D.C.’s facilities, and articulate our community’s priorities for a secure detention facility’s population, location, design, and services.

The Local Control Committee’s report included the issue of local control of the parole function.

[Click here to download Local Control Committee report]

Report of the Justice Policy Institute (JPI): Restoring Local Control of Parole to the District

FROM THE JPI WEBSITE: In January 2019, the District of Columbia government enlisted the Justice Policy Institute to explore the feasibility of restoring local control of parole and make recommendations for how release decision making can be transferred from the federal government to DC government. Transferring supervision responsibilities and parole decision-making from the federal government back to the District is an ambitious, complicated undertaking. Fortunately, local leadership can draw on a wealth of data, evidence, and experience from other jurisdictions as they evaluate how best to move forward.

Executive Summary [download]

Full Report [download]