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Criminal Justice

CCE consistently tackles difficult issues across the continuum of the criminal justice system, from the criminal arrest process to adjudication, sentencing reform, and the collateral effects of a criminal record. CCE has achieved lasting and progressive results to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice processes in the District of Columbia, including recommendations advocating the establishment of community courts in the DC Superior Court, to better methods for summoning police officers to testify in trials; from promoting a comprehensive method to seal criminal arrest, conviction and actual innocence cases, to revising DC's disorderly conduct statutes.

Currently CCE is promoting low-cost recommendations to increase opportunities in the job market for thousands of previously incarcerated persons while alleviating many of the risks that employers face when hiring them. Read more ...

CCE has issued a report about DC 's post-arrest processes and the report's legislative proposal to clairfy some of the processes, called the Post-Arrest Process Clarification Amendment Act of 2013, is pending before the DC Council Judiciary Committee. Read more ...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

The Reentry Facilitation Amendment Act of 2012 is currently law in the District of Columbia, having been enacted by the DC Council in 2013 and signed by the Mayor in 2014. By enacting this legislation, the District of Columbia has taken an important step to help District residents with criminal records find jobs and turn their lives around. The legislation was drafted in response to recommendations in the Council for Court Excellence's 2011 report, Unlocking Employment Opportunity for Previously Incarcerated Persons in DC and CCE’s 2005 work on sealing criminal records. Read more ...

 

 
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