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Join CCE on February 11 at 11 am for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice's virtual Phase II report launch event!

On Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11 am, the District Task Force on Jails & Justice (Task Force), facilitated by the Council for Court Excellence, is hosting a virtual launch event to discuss findings and recommendations from its new Phase II report D.C. Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today. 

Click here to RSVP for the launch event.

Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today is an 80-point 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, to who we lock up and why.

A sequel to the Task Force’s 2019 Phase I report, Jails & Justice: A Framework for Change, this new report engaged 2,500 D.C. residents, including people who are currently incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and studied a variety of areas to help our criminal justice system work to better serve and support our community.

The Task Force is an independent advisory body, founded in 2019, dedicated to redefining the District's approach to incarceration by building city-wide engagement, centering the voices of those with lived experiences; understanding community priorities; and exploring the use and design of secure detention and community-based solutions. The Task Force's work is facilitated by the Council for Court Excellence, a nonprofit working to improve the justice system in the District of Columbia. 

Speakers at the February 11 launch event will discuss how the Phase II report provides clear steps for District leaders that, if taken, would transform the District’s justice system over the next ten years including a clear plan for overhauling the District’s jails and justice system in three stages, with specific changes that can and should be made immediately in 2021.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Shelley Broderick, District Task Force on Jails & Justice Chair 
  • Tyrone Hall, Returning Citizen Advocate 
  • Hon. Charles Allen, D.C. Council Member, Chair of Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety
  • Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs 
  • Patrice Sulton, Director, DC Justice Lab 
  • Emily Tatro, Deputy Director, Council for Court Excellence

This event will start promptly at 11 am. RSVP for this timely and free event todayJoin the conversation on Twitter by following CCE and using #TransformDCJustice! Click here to tweet about the event!

You can watch a recording of the launch event here


This report was produced by the Council for Court Excellence under grant number FY21-CFSE-03, awarded by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Executive Office of the Mayor.

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