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REMOTE PROGRAM: A Briefing on the 2021 Reform Proposals from the District Task Force on Jails and Justice
May 11, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

The District Task Force on Jails & Justice was formed in 2019 as an independent advisory body dedicated to redefining the District’s approach to incarceration. Over two years, the Task Force’s diverse members engaged 2,500 D.C. residents, studied D.C. data and other jurisdictions’ reform efforts, and deliberated at length. On February 11, 2021 the Task Force released “Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today”, a bold report that offered 80 recommendations designed to help D.C. to invest in safe communities, to lower incarceration rates by half, to build a new non-traditional facility, and to regain local control over parts of D.C.’s criminal justice system. The report offers a detailed policy plan for local officials to hit the ground running in addressing many of the criminal justice issues making headlines over the past year and longer — from COVID-19 to racial justice. Their plan has been called the most ambitious since NYC’s vote to close Rikers Island in terms of how a major city deals with criminal justice transformation.

Join us for this timely program to hear from Task Force members and learn more about their findings findings – including data about D.C.’s incarcerated population and community priorities – and its 80 policy reform recommendations.

Pre-registration for this program is required. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend.

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This remote program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will receive access information from D.C. Bar Communities staff the afternoon prior to the program. The Zoom access information should not be shared with other, as registration is required.

Sponsored by: D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community along with D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community, D.C. Bar D.C. Affairs Community and D.C. Bar Litigation Community
Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar Law Student Community


  • Prof. Shelley Broderick, Dean Emerita, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
  • Tyrone Hall, Returning Citizen Advocate
  • Patrice Amandla Sulton, Executive Director, DC Justice Lab
  • Misty C. Thomas, Executive Director, Council for Court Excellence (Moderator)

Registration fees have been discounted for this program. If you are a Law Student or Legal Service provider and you would like to request waiver of the registration fee, please email: communitiesregistration@dcbar.org with your name, address, Law School or Legal Service Provider name and the date, time, name of the event.




May 11, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


The DC Bar