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D.C. Compassionate Release White Paper
D.C. Compassionate Release White Paper

On November 21 2022, CCE, with pro bono support from Wiley Rein, published a white paper on compassionate release in the District. The white paper analyzes Freedom of Information Act request data received from the Federal Bureau of Prisons regarding people convicted of D.C. Code offenses in their custody.

D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2021
D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2021

On May 27, 2022, CCE published D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2021. The report was published with support from Public Welfare Foundation.

Strengthening Probate Administration in the District of Columbia
Strengthening Probate Administration in the District of Columbia

On February 9, 2022, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the D.C. Access to Justice Commission (ATJC) published Strengthening Probate Administration in the District of Columbia. In January 2020, CCE and ATJC formed an expert Working Group to address the challenges faced by self-represented individuals during probate. The Working Group ultimately developed recommendations in 20 areas to strengthen probate processes for everyone and increase access to justice for low- and moderate-income people.

Confusion and Exclusion: Impacts of the Hazy State of D.C. Marijuana Legalization on People with Criminal Records
Confusion and Exclusion: Impacts of the Hazy State of D.C. Marijuana Legalization on People with Criminal Records

On September 15, 2021 the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) hosted a forum "Confusion and Exclusion: Impacts of the Hazy State of D.C. Marijuana Legalization on People with Criminal Records", which focused on the current state-of-play for D.C.'s marijuana legislation, how it impacts justice-involved residents, and reforms the District should enact in the future. This was the final forum in a four-part series hosted by ODCA and CCE in 2021 focused on urgent criminal justice topics in the District. Each public forum featured experts, significant local stakeholders, and impacted people coming together to address an emerging topic of criminal law or policy that is ripe for change in Washington, D.C.  This report frames the issue, provides an edited transcript of the forum discussion, and includes a bibliography of relevant resources.

Our Children in Crisis: A Focus on D.C.'s Crossover Youth
Our Children in Crisis: A Focus on D.C.'s Crossover Youth

On July 29, 2021 the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) hosted a forum "Our Children in Crisis: A Focus on D.C.'s Crossover Youth", which focused on D.C. children who are impacted by both the juvenile justice system and foster care system. This forum was the third in a four-part series hosted by ODCA and CCE in 2021 focused on urgent criminal justice topics in the District. Each public forum featured experts, significant local stakeholders, and impacted people coming together to address an emerging topic of criminal law or policy that is ripe for change in Washington, D.C.  This report frames the issue, provides an edited transcript of the forum discussion, and includes a bibliography of relevant resources. 

What if We Were in Charge? Imagining a Future Without a Federalized Justice System in D.C.
What if We Were in Charge? Imagining a Future Without a Federalized Justice System in D.C.

On June 30, 2021 the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) hosted a forum "What if We Were in Charge? Imagining a Future Without a Federalized Justice System in D.C.", which focused on the District's bifuricated justice system, the impacts of local vs. federal control, and the steps D.C. can, and should, take to enact reforms now. This forum was the second in a four-part series hosted by ODCA and CCE in 2021 focused on urgent criminal justice topics in the District. Each public forum featured experts, significant local stakeholders, and impacted people coming together to address an emerging topic of criminal law or policy that is ripe for change in Washington, D.C.  This report frames the issue, provides an edited transcript of the forum discussion, and includes a bibliography of relevant resources. 

 
Letter to the D.C. Department of Human Regarding STAY DC’s Translation Function

On July 29, 2021, CCE submitted a sign-on letter to the Director of the D.C. Department of Human Services containing signatures from 30 organizations and individuals, demanding that STAY DC’s translation function be improved so that Limited-English Proficient (LEP) and Non-English Proficient (NEP) D.C. residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access vital financial assistance. Additionally, the sign-on letter highlights how the STAY DC program is at risk of wasting roughly $300 million in federal funds (as of June 2021) if they cannot adequately distribute the funds to D.C. residents by September 30, 2021. 

D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2020
D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2020

Published on May 11, 2021, D.C.'s Justice Systems Overview 2020 provides a data-forward snapshot of the significant challenges and innovations faced by the District’s adult and youth criminal legal systems over the last 18 months.

 

The Future of Policing in the District: A Roundtable Discussion on Reform
The Future of Policing in the District: A Roundtable Discussion on Reform

On May 4, 2021 the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) and the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) hosted a forum "The Future of Policing in the District", which focused on recent calls for police reform and the future of policing in the District of Columbia. That forum was the first in a four-part series hosted by ODCA and CCE in 2021 focused on urgent criminal justice topics in the District. Each public forum featured experts, significant local stakeholders, and impacted people coming together to address an emerging topic of criminal law or policy that is ripe for change in Washington, D.C.  This report frames the issue, provides an edited transcript of the forum discussion, and includes a bibliography of relevant resources. 

 

Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today
Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today

Published on February 11, 2021, the Phase II report includes implementation plans for the District Task Force on Jails & Justice's 80 recommendations aimed at reducing the District's reliance on incarceration, investing in the community, regaining local control over parts of DC's criminal justice system, and creating a safe, dignified facility for DC's incarcerated residents. The Task Force is convened by the Council for Court Excellence and partner The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens.



 
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