“a Public Safety Town Hall on Juvenile Prosecution to discuss how the Office of the Attorney General prosecutes juveniles”

From an email:

“The meeting was arranged in response to community concern when a juvenile was arrested in connection with a vicious attack on a U Street resident but was then not subsequently charged by the DC Office of the Attorney General. Other community members have raised concerns after the shoots fired in the park in Columbia Heights and the way violent attacks by juveniles are being handled by the DC Office of the Attorney General.”

Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on Juvenile Prosecution

At the request of area residents and the ANC 1B Public Safety Committee, Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Commissioner John Green, Chair of the Public Safety Committee will co-host a Public Safety Town Hall on Juvenile Prosecution to discuss how the Office of the Attorney General prosecutes juveniles. Also present will be the office of Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau, the Metropolitan Police Department, and staff from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

When: Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Note: A brief ANC 1B Public Safety Committee meeting will be held after

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  • Does anyone know more about this “vicious attack on a U Street resident”?

  • Spoiler alert: they’ll show you a big presentation with all the ways they don’t prosecute them. I’m all for providing opportunities for youth to be rehabilitated instead of going to jail, but some of them really need to go to jail.

  • The DC Attorney General doesn’t prosecute anyone, so I’m confused. The US Attorney is responsible for all criminal prosecutions in DC, right?

    • OAG handles misdemeanor and juvenile crimes, USA does felonies. It’s a messed up system. OAG is understaffed and under funded to handle the caseload so many things fall through the cracks.

  • DC AG prosecutes all juvenile cases and traffic related crimes. The USAO handles everything else. The AG is notoriously lax when it comes to handling juvenile cases.

  • About freakin time! I too was a victim of DC juvenile crime, 10 years ago, and nothing, prosecutors just let the perp go scot free. Nothing, nada! This situation really needs to change, especially for violence or gun crimes! Please!

  • The OAG handles all traffic, juvenile and quality of life crimes as well as civil matters. They also handle felonies where juveniles are arrested and present them for Title 16 hearings for prosecution as adult offenders when necessary. Also included, DC Municipal Regulations such as marijuana and firearms not used in commission of a crime where a juvenile is not the arrested party.

    It’s not a messed up system. The mayor of DC is forbidden by law to change the court structure of DC. The newly elected Attorney General for DC may help influence DC Municipal Regs and laws he wishes to have prosecuted by his office.

  • I hope someone from the popville community goes and reports back.

  • I hope this is well attended because this really is an important issue., Our elected officials need to know that the public is not going to tolerate business as usual with the way they coddle violent juvenile criminals in this city. If it’s strictly because the office is understaffed, the city needs to increase their budget to hire more attorneys.

  • Please, please make every effort to attend this meeting–as noted by someone else, the DC OAG (along with Brianne Nadeau and others) needs to know how the community feels about this issue. If you can’t make the meeting call DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Director of Community Outreach Robert White Jr. His number is 202-724-5487 and let him know your thoughts on the issue.


  • Did anyone attend this? If so, can they provide a readout?

  • Just wanted to let everyone know that I went to the meeting which was well attended (about 50 people) and a lot of frustration was expressed by community members about how the OAG handles juvenile crimes, and like someone else predicted there was a lot of discussion from the panelists about rehabilitation versus prosecution. At the very least the panelists got to hear the level of frustration from the public first hand which I think is important. I’ve asked Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s office to release a statement about her position on this issue. I for one want to know what she thinks about this issue and what should be done–like most others I have a day job (plus kids) and I have a limit on the number of meetings/letters/emails I can attend/write so hopefully she or her office can represent the community in addressing this issue, or let us know how/if her opinion/strategy differs from what the community wants/needs. (Please contact Tania B. Jackson
    Chief of Staff to Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, [email protected]–to ask for this statement. I have emailed and also spoke to her as well on this issue and it would be good for them to hear from others on this.) thanks!

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