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  • Beyond Second Chances Re-entry Forum Recap

    Beyond Second Chances Re-entry Forum Recap

    On February 14, the Council for Court Excellence held its Beyond Second Chances Re-entry Forum as a follow-up to the ground-breaking report CCE released in December 2016.

  • Fair Chance Business Pledge

    The Council for Court Excellence and D.C.’s Department of Small and Local Business Development challenge businesses and consumers to take the “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” This pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of D.C.’s private sector to improve their community by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record who are returning home. READ MORE and TAKE THE PLEDGE.

  • Strategic Plan, 2017-2021

    Strategic Plan, 2017-2021

    At its December 2016 meeting, CCE's board of directors approved a strategic plan for 2017-2021.

  • Select media coverage of Beyond Second Chances report

    Select media coverage of Beyond Second Chances report

    Check out an interview on "NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt" and pieces in "The Washington Post."

  • Beyond Second Chances report

    Beyond Second Chances report

    Through a review of previously unreleased data and a series of in-depth interviews with returning citizens and service providers, "Beyond Second Chances: Returning Citizens’ Re-entry Struggles and Successes in the District of Columbia," provides the most complete picture to date of the challenges that returning citizens face in D.C. and offers recommendations to help them succeed when reintegrating into their communities.

  • June Kress to step down in 2017

    June Kress to step down in 2017

    June B. Kress, D.Crim., has announced that she will step down from the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) after leading the organization as executive director for more than 12 years. Dr. Kress will continue with CCE through mid-2017 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor.

  • CCE Announces Application for Earl J. Silbert Fellowship

    The Silbert Fellowship is named for Earl J. Silbert, former president of the Council for Court Excellence, and is awarded to an individual studying at the graduate level who demonstrates a passion for improving the justice system as exemplified by Mr. Silbert throughout his career. Click heading for complete information and application instructions.

  • Report on the DC Office of Administrative Hearings

    On September 8, 2016, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor released a report examining the statutory duties, management, operations, and performance of the DC Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), established in 2001 to increase the quality and fairness of administrative justice in the District government. The Council for Court Excellence prepared the report entitled, "Administrative Justice in the District of Columbia: Recommendations to Improve DC's Office of Administrative Hearings."

  • Program Highlights, January-June 2016

    Program Highlights, January-June 2016

    Check out some of CCE's accomplishments during the first half of 2016... and get a sneak preview of what's on the horizon for the rest of the year.

  • Perceptions of Public Safety

    Perceptions of Public Safety

    In 2015, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) chose CCE to collaborate on a project to survey District residents about public safety and community-police relations. On June 28, 2016, CPDC released the report detailing CCE’s findings and recommendations.

  • Civil Gideon Roundtable

    On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie will convene an official public roundtable to consider “Civil Gideon” and expanding access to justice in the District of Columbia. The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law will host the roundtable.

  • Chief Judge Forum

    The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission soon will select the next Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Commission invites comments from the public no later than June 9, 2016. CCE will hold a public forum to provide an opportunity for the public to hear directly from the judges seeking to become Chief Judge before submitting comments to the Commission.

  • Interview with Tammy Seltzer

    Interview with Tammy Seltzer

    Recently, CCE policy analyst Emily Tatro sat down with 2016 Justice Potter Steward Award recipient Tammy Seltzer, director of the DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project (JPAP) for Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (ULS). Emily, previously a legal fellow for JPAP, asked Tammy about her many years as a champion for people with disabilities.

  •  Steve Grafman Receives Horsky Award

    Steve Grafman Receives Horsky Award

    During CCE's annual December board meeting, the organization's Executive Committee presented longtime Board Director Steve Grafman with the Horsky Award, given to board directors in recognition of their exemplary service to the Council.

  • Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed

    Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed

    On Thursday, December 10, 2015, CCE held its annual December board meeting and program. This years program was titled "Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed", pointing to CCE's reentry work that goes back to 2006 and includes legislative proposals, policy recommendations, and structural reform in the areas of expungement, unemployment and recidivism, parole, and clemency.

  • A Year In Review: CCE 2014 Annual Report

    A Year In Review: CCE 2014 Annual Report

    CCE is pleased to share its 2014 Annual Report with you. This publication sums up an exceptionally busy and productive year for CCE - of solid reform activities, new partnerships and initiatives, and a few challenging transitions. Thank you for making 2014 a great year for our organization, and for helping us seek justice system accessibility for all.

  • Welcome Emily Tatro!

    Welcome Emily Tatro!

    CCE is thrilled to announce the hiring of Emily Tatro as our new Policy Analyst. Emily Tatro joined the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) in August 2015, and will be staffing CCE's Office of Administrative Hearings project and Phase II of the Jury Project.

  • An Interview with CCE's new Board Chair and President

    An Interview with CCE's new Board Chair and President

    CCE staff had a chance to interview our new Board Chair, Marie Johns, and Board President, Irvin Nathan. Learn about their priority areas for 2015 and beyond below.

  • 2015 Horsky Awards Presented to  Earl J. Silbert & Jay A. Brozost

    2015 Horsky Awards Presented to Earl J. Silbert & Jay A. Brozost

    CCE is proud to announce that Earl J. Silbert and Jay A. Brozost received the 2015 Horsky Awards at our semi-annual board meeting. Earl and Jay will be stepping down as Board President and Chair, respectively.

  • CCE's June Board Meeting

    CCE's June Board Meeting

    CCE's Board and guests gathered on Thursday June 4 for our semi-annual meeting at Venable LLC, hosted by Board Directors Gregg Braker and Brian Schwalb. It was a particularly fitting venue given our keynote speaker, newly-elected Attorney General Karl Racine, served for many years as Venable's Managing Partner.

 
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