Washington Post Calls Out D.C. for bungling taking over local control of parole

The Post article, titled D.C. stumbles leave fate of local control of parole with new Congress, chronicles the failure of District leaders to take advantage of a window of opportunity to return control over the parole function to the city. The delay has an outsize impact on Black D.C. residents, who are overrepresented in the …


The new FBI crime report casts further doubts on national crime statistics

Over the last several months the media narrative has been that crime rates are soaring, both locally and nationally. What’s let’s discussed is the data behind and supporting such statistics–or rather the lack of it. In this NPR interview transcript a data reporter for The Marshall Project talks about the FBI’s new and incomplete crime …


New D.C. Jails Reporting Hotline

Local advocacy group DC Justice Lab has launched a telephone hotline for reporting conditions at the Jail. Their stated purpose for the hotline is “to give people currently experiencing those conditions an opportunity to share their stories and correct the narratives circling locally and nationally about what it is like to be confined in either of …


ARTICLE: D.C.’s Prison Oversight Efforts Have Become a ‘Total Sham.’

The Washington City Paper recently published an article regarding oversight of D.C. residents housed in the federal Bureau of Prison’s system. The article, titled D.C.’s Prison Oversight Efforts Have Become a ‘Total Sham’, spotlights the D.C. Corrections Information Council. CIC was created in 1997 as an oversight body at the time D.C. agreed to send …


D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Suspended for Alleged Assault

As reported by numerous media outlets, D.C. deputy mayor for public safety and justice, Chris Geldart, has been suspended from duty pending an investigation into an assault charge in Arlington County. Geldart was charged by Arlington police with choking someone during a dispute outside of an Arlington gym on Saturday, Oct. 1.


Can Colette Peters reform the BOP?

The Director of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is important to D.C. as incarcerated D.C. citizens are housed in over 100 federal prison’s around the U.S. A new BOP Director, former Oregon prison director Colette Peters, has recently appointed.


Rep. Norton’s Bill Expanding D.C. Home Rule Approved by House Judiciary Commitee

In a press release issued by her office, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that her District of Columbia Home Rule Expansion Act (H.R. 8861), “the biggest expansion of D.C. home rule since passage of the D.C. Home Rule Act in 1973,” passed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill, if passed into law, …


Sentencing Project releases new private prisons fact sheet

The Sentencing Project has compiled information on the state of private prison’s in the U.S. derived from data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to the data, thirty-one states and the federal government incarcerated 100,151 people in private prisons in 2020, representing 8% of the total state and federal …


Senate appropriations bill includes funds for US Parole Commission in 2023

The bill is S.4664, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023. It was introduced in July.  This is one of the appropriations bills that will be passed before the end of 2022. The total language in the bill relevant to the USPC is” “For necessary expenses of the United States Parole Commission …


Rep. Norton Sends Letter to New Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Regarding Critical Issues Facing D.C. Residents in BOP Custody

A press release issued by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reports that she sent a letter to the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Colette Peters, regarding critical issues facing District of Columbia residents in BOP custody. BOP is responsible for housing individuals convicted of D.C. Code felonies.