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ANC6B10 Commissioner Denise Krepp is a resident of Hill East. PoP-Ed. posts may be written about anything related to the District and submitted via email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail please include PoP-Ed. in the subject line.

Ed. Note: The Post also published an editorial on this subject, ‘D.C. has gone too far on criminal-justice reform’

DC Council and Violent Crime

Over the weekend, The Washington Post published an article about legislation under review by the DC Council that enables individuals convicted of rape and murder to be released early from prison. Instead of helping rapists, DC Councilmembers should be asking why the Department of Justice isn’t prosecuting rapes occurring in Washington, DC; why millions of DC tax dollars are being spent on sexual harassment settlements; and why DC agency employees who commit sexual harassment are still employed.

Currently, DC law enables judges to reduce prison sentences for crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18. There are no disqualifying crimes. The law simply states that the individual must served 20 years in prison.

Until recently, judges reviewing petitions for early release were required to consider the nature of the crimes committed. The DC Council removed that requirement from the law in January 2019.

Now, the DC Council wants to expand the early release policy to individuals who committed crimes under the age of 25. And again, there is no limitation on crimes. An individual can commit rape and receive early release if that individual was under the age of 25 when the crime occured. Read More

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From an email:

“The DC Superior Court wants to update the public on an oversight that resulted in jury summonses for the week of January 29 and February 5 not being mailed in a timely way. The Court has taken steps to prevent any recurrence. More importantly, the Court reports that not one trial was delayed due to an unavailability of jurors.

“We appreciate everyone who serves jury duty throughout the year, but I want to especially thank those who served the past two weeks on such short notice,” said DC Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin. Read More

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via DC Bar

“Dear PoPville,

As a longtime DC resident, I’m constantly looking for ways to make the City a better place, and one easy way to do so is to voice my opinion when it matters.

One such opportunity is to chime in during appointments and promotions of D.C Superior Court Judges, the ones whose actions have a great impact on the quality of life for D.C’s residents.

Three of the Superior Court Judges are currently being proposed for Senior Judgeship and the public are encouraged to comment before September 29.

I personally had the misfortune of being the victim of a violent crime, only to realize that the perpetrator was a career felon who was given a minimal sentence by one of these 3 judges, not just in my case last year, but once before, by the same judge, almost 2 decades ago. I believe elevating these kind of judges not only condones this kind of behavior, but encourages it.

I did make my voice heard to the Office in charge of hearing the comments, and hope that other readers of PoPville would take the time to do so, in case they have an opinion one way or another, on any of the 3 judges.”

The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is reviewing the qualifications and fitness of the following D.C. Superior Court Judges: Read More

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