Time Magazine Weighs in on DC Dept. of Corrections Issues

The ongoing problems with the DC Department of Corrections has attracted high-level national media attention. Time magazine this week published an article titled The Crisis at the D.C. Jail Began Decades Before Jan. 6 Defendants Started Raising Concerns. The article chronicles what it calls “decades of sounded alarms” leading up to the current controversy surrounding …


DC Dept. of Corrections: Director Booth out, New Director Faust in

As reported in the DCist and elsewhere, District Mayor Muriel Bowser has named former Dept. of Corrections Director Tom Faust (2011 to2016) to take over running the department. He replaces Quincy Booth and who will now serve “in an advisory role.” It is unclear exactly what Booth’s role will be. Faust previously served as Arlington …


Bureau of Prisons in Hot Water After Associated Press Expose

A recent expose by the Associated Press reported that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) “is a hotbed of abuse, graft and corruption, and has turned a blind eye to employees accused of misconduct.” According to the report, over 100 federal prison workers have been arrested, convicted or sentenced for crimes since the start of 2019. …


DC Attorney General Opinion Piece on DC Jail Conditions

DC Attorney General Karl Racine voiced his opinion’s regarding the conditions in the Jail in a piece recently published in the Washington Post. He writes: “Recent reports of squalid conditions in D.C. jail are unfortunately not new. But they should finally serve as a clarion call to D.C. leaders to take bold action. Instead of …


Local Opinion: Transferring D.C. jail residents to Pennsylvania is not the answer

Anthony Petty and Shannon Fyfe, from Neighbors for Justice (a local organization founded in 2020 to support individuals who are incarcerated at the D.C. jail) recently published an opinion in the Washington Post. The piece responded to the Justice Department announcement that about 400 residents of the Central Detention Facility (CDF) at the D.C. jail …


D.C. Enters Agreement With U.S. Marshals Service for Jail Living Conditions

Last week the U.S. Marshall’s Service conducted an inspection of DC’s Department of Corrections facilities and determined that the main jail did not meet federal standards. As a result, the Marshall’s Service planned to move approximately 400 jail residents to the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, as reported in the DCIST, the …


D.C. Council Tackles Sweeping Rewrite of Criminal Code

As reported in the DCIST:  The DC Council has begun a process to evaluate a sweeping rewrite of the city’s criminal code, a deep-in-the-weeds and yet potentially consequential effort to better define crimes, clarify terms and penalties, and repeal outdated offenses — some dating back more than a century. The proposal could also have a …


Federal Government Moves 400 DC Jail Residents Due to Poor Jail Conditons

As reported in articles in the Washington Post and Politico: “The U.S. Marshals Service announced on Tuesday that it had conducted an ‘unannounced inspection’ of District of Columbia Department of Corrections facilities two weeks ago and determined that one of the complexes — the main jail — did not meet federal standards.” The inspection “revealed …


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 …