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From Denise Krepp, ANC6B10 Commissioner:
“Crime is skyrocketing on Capitol Hill. Every morning we wake up to new police alerts regarding the thefts, assaults, and muggings that occurred the night before. Every day our iPhones ping with updates on the brazen robberies in neighborhoods across the city.
But you know what we don’t see? Prosecutions. The Department of Justice is responsible for prosecuting crimes in Washington, DC and they aren’t doing it. The prosecution rate for misdemeanors is 38%.
The Department of Justice will be at the Tuesday crime meeting hosted by Councilmember Charles Allen. The October 27th meeting is from 7-8:30pm at the Friendship Chamberlain Public Charter School (1345 Potomac Ave SE).
I encourage all of you to ask them the following questions about the crime and prosecution rates on Capitol Hill:
How many crimes have occurred on Capitol Hill in the past 2 years? Please provide specific information about each type – theft, assault, burglary, car-jacking, stabbing, rape, etc.
How many of these crimes have been prosecuted? Again, please break down this information by criminal act.
How many of the crimes have been resolved via plea deals? Please break down this information by criminal act.
Have many crimes have yet to be resolved?
In addition, you should ask them about their relationship with MPD.
MPD has a new records management system called COBALT. This is a different system than the one used by DOJ.
Why do MPD and DOJ use two different systems?
Why can’t these systems be integrated?
If they can’t be integrated, why can’t MPD have access to the DOJ system so that they know (a) when suspects are being prosecuted and (b) the outcome of the prosecutions.
Lastly, ask DOJ about the role the victim plays in prosecutions:
How does DOJ take into consideration what happened to the victim when deciding whether or not to prosecute the case?
How often does DOJ brief the victim during the prosecution?
Does DOJ consult with the victim during plea agreement negotiations? If so, how much weight is given to the victim’s recommendations?”