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Trinidad Neighborhood Crime Survey Report

Submitted to the Washington DC Police Foundation
August 24, 2010

District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Prologue
District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Prologue

Written by John W. Nields & Timothy J. May.

District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– The Legal and Constitutional Foundations for the District of Columbia Judicial Branch
District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– The Legal and Constitutional Foundations for the District of Columbia Judicial Branch

Written by Steven M. Schneebaum.

District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Who Should Appoint Judges of the D.C. Courts?
District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Who Should Appoint Judges of the D.C. Courts?

Written by Charles A. Miller.

District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Should the District of Columbia Have Responsibility for the Prosecution of Criminal Offenses Arising Under the District of Columbia Code?
District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Should the District of Columbia Have Responsibility for the Prosecution of Criminal Offenses Arising Under the District of Columbia Code?

Written by John Payton.

District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Organization, Budgeting and Funding of the District of Columbia's Local Courts
District of Columbia Democracy and the Third Branch of Government– Organization, Budgeting and Funding of the District of Columbia's Local Courts

Written by Peter R. Kolker.

Effect of DC Juvenile Speedy Trial Legislation, September 2008
Effect of DC Juvenile Speedy Trial Legislation, September 2008

DC juvenile cases are being resolved quicker due to DC Speedy Trial Juvenile legislation enacted in 2008. The report found that the DC juvenile justice system achieved a high rate of compliance with the speedy trial deadlines and with reducing the time juveniles spent in secure detention following an order to shelter care.

District of Columbia Child Welfare System Reform – A Third Progress Report, December 2006
District of Columbia Child Welfare System Reform – A Third Progress Report, December 2006

Even after dramatic improvements in the performance of the District of Columbia’s child welfare system, DC foster children still spend multiple years in temporary care before finding permanent homes. In addition, two hundred children have left the system in each of the past two years without ever finding a family.

Creating an Expungement Statute for the District of Columbia: A Report and Proposed Legislation
Creating an Expungement Statute for the District of Columbia: A Report and Proposed Legislation

"Expungement" is frequently the term used for the process of erasing an individual's criminal record – the official records regarding arrests and/or a conviction -- to afford citizens the opportunity to put past contact with the criminal justice system behind them. The Council for Court Excellence (CCE) undertook to address the subject of expungement and to prepare a report that would summarize the existing state of the law, discuss key issues, and set forth options that the Council of the District of Columbia might wish to consider in enacting legislation on the subject. Download the legislation here.

Improving Juror Response Rates in the District of Columbia, March 2006
Improving Juror Response Rates in the District of Columbia, March 2006

This report by G. Thomas Munsterman of the National Center for State Courts, presents concrete steps to expand citizen participation in jury service. The report describes the current process by which District of Columbia citizens are summoned to jury service, and it suggests governmental reforms to increase the proportion of summoned citizens who actually serve.



 
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