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Fair Practices After Sentencing: A Proposal for Reforming Good Time, Earned Time, and Compassionate Release in the District of Columbia
Fair Practices After Sentencing: A Proposal for Reforming Good Time, Earned Time, and Compassionate Release in the District of Columbia

This white paper details CCE and the George Washington University Law School’s Prisoner & Reentry Clinic proposal to update the District’s law on good time credits, earned time credits, and compassionate release for incarcerated residents. The report was prepared in consultation with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and with Covington & Burling LLP’s generous pro bono support.

 
Report of the Committee on Community Investments & Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System to the District Task Force on Jails and Justice

 This report details the findings of the District Task Force on Jails & Justice's Committee on Community Investments & Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System.

 
Report of the Committee on Decarceration to the District Task Force on Jails & Justice

 This report details the findings of the District Task Force on Jails & Justice's Committee on Decarceration.

 
Report of the Committee on Local Control to the District Task Force on Jails & Justice

 This report details the findings of the District Task Force on Jails & Justice's Committee on Local Control.

 
Report of the Committee on Facilities & Services to the District Task Force on Jails & Justice

 This report details the findings of the District Task Force on Jails and Justice's Committee on Facilities and Services.

 
Corrections Data Technical Addendum for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice

 This document includes the corrections data technical addendum for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice.

 
Community Engagement Data Analysis for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice

 This document contains the community engagement data analysis for Phase I for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice. 

Jails & Justice: A Framework for Change
Jails & Justice: A Framework for Change

Published on November 5, 2019, the Phase I report includes feedback from nearly 2,000 community members and experts in the criminal legal field, as well as the input and energy from its 26 members. The Task Force is convened by the Council for Court Excellence and partners the Vera Institute for Justice and National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. 

Improving Mental Health Services and Outcomes for All: D.C.'s Department of Behavioral Health and the Justice System
Improving Mental Health Services and Outcomes for All: D.C.'s Department of Behavioral Health and the Justice System

 A Report of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor

Kathleen Patterson, District of Columbia Auditor

The Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) mission is “to develop, manage and oversee a public behavioral health system for adults, children and youth and their families that is consumer driven, community-based, culturally competent and supports prevention, resiliency and recovery and the overall wellbeing of the District of Columbia.” Among the populations that DBH serves are adults with behavioral health disorders who commit, or are accused of committing, a criminal offense. In October 2016, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) engaged the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) to conduct a review of, and make recommendations for improving, the effectiveness of DBH’s interactions with the criminal justice system and the services it provides to justice-involved behavioral health consumers.

 

From Prisons to Professions: Increasing Access to Occupational and Professional Licenses for D.C.'s Returning Citizens
From Prisons to Professions: Increasing Access to Occupational and Professional Licenses for D.C.'s Returning Citizens

Collaborating with Georgetown Law Center’s Community Justice Project to identify the most serious collateral consequences of having a criminal record, CCE has focused on reforms needed in D.C.’s occupational and professional licensing system. This report examines barriers that a returning citizen may experience while working to obtain an occupational or professional license in the District of Columbia. CCE’s eight recommendations include prohibiting D.C.’s licensing boards from considering non-conviction background information and older convictions, as well as creating and applying a uniform standard that all licensing boards use to review convictions.



 
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