A Washington, D.C., job pressure launched a report Thursday to function a information for metropolis leaders to decrease incarceration charges by half and overhaul how the town polices its residents, particularly folks of colour, reports Patch. The report, “Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today,” offers an in depth plan with steps for District of Columbia leaders to remodel the town’s justice system over the following 10 years, with particular modifications that may very well be made instantly, and contains plans to create a brand new non-traditional facility that might home all folks detained previous to going to trial or who’ve acquired sentences that enable them to remain in D.C.
The duty pressure’s 80-point plan will assist D.C. officers deal with prime legal justice points, from COVID-19 to racial justice to incarceration practices. Whereas the duty pressure’s work will have an effect on all of D.C., main considerations goal Black residents who’re overrepresented at every stage of the town’s legal justice system, in line with the report. Black folks make up 47 p.c of D.C.’s inhabitants however 86 p.c of the people who find themselves arrested, 92 p.c of the folks jailed and 95 p.c of the folks in jail serving sentences. Jonathan Smith, govt director of the Washington Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights and City Affairs and a member of the duty pressure, mentioned that COVID-19 has introduced on modifications to the legal justice system that reform advocates had proposed years earlier than the pandemic. The District has seen a discount within the variety of folks taken into custody throughout the pandemic, together with an elevated use of compassionate launch from incarceration.