The District Task Force on Jails & Justice was formed in 2019 as an independent advisory body dedicated to redefining the District's approach to incarceration. Over two years, the Task Force's diverse members engaged 2,500 D.C. residents, studied D.C. data and other jurisdictions’ reform efforts, and deliberated at length. On February 11, 2021 the Task Force released "Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today", a bold report that offered 80 recommendations designed to help D.C. to invest in safe communities, to lower incarceration rates by half, to build a new non-traditional facility, and to regain local control over parts of D.C.’s criminal justice system. The report offers a detailed policy plan for local officials to hit the ground running in addressing many of the criminal justice issues making headlines over the past year and longer -- from COVID-19 to racial justice. Their plan has been called the most ambitious since NYC’s vote to close Rikers Island in terms of how a major city deals with criminal justice transformation.
Join us for this timely program to hear from Task Force members and learn more about their findings findings - including data about D.C.'s incarcerated population and community priorities - and its 80 policy reform recommendations.
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Sponsored by: D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community along with D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community, D.C. Bar D.C. Affairs Community and D.C. Bar Litigation Community Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar Law Student Community Speakers:
Prof. Shelley Broderick, Dean Emerita, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Tyrone Hall, Returning Citizen Advocate
Patrice Amandla Sulton, Executive Director, DC Justice Lab
Misty C. Thomas, Executive Director, Council for Court Excellence (Moderator)