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D.C.: Mayoral Candidates to Address Issues of Race, Policing and Criminal Justice at Public Forum


Forum Addresses Issues Pertinent to D.C. Residents Affected by Criminal Justice System

A coalition of civil rights and civil liberties’ organizations is hosting "Race, Policing and Criminal Justice," a D.C. mayoral forum on Thursday that will educate the public about candidate’s views on criminal and racial justice issues.

On any given day in the District, more than 16,000 people are under court-ordered supervision or incarcerated. Thousands more D.C. residents are affected by a loved one’s involvement in the criminal justice system and how law enforcement interacts with the community.

This forum provides an opportunity to educate the public about how candidates view criminal and racial justice issues pertinent to D.C. residents.

This free event is being co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital, Washington Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, D.C. National Lawyers Guild, Drug Policy Alliance, DC Branch of the NAACP, Howard University Chapter of the NAACP, Collective Power, Defending Dissent, DC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, We Act Radio and Acqunetta Anderson ANC4A01.

All of the mayoral candidates have been invited to participate in this forum and an independent moderator will present prepared questions to the candidates who attend. Each candidate will have equal time and opportunity to respond to each question.

D.C.: Washington Lawyers' Committee To Release Report On Racial Disparities In Arrests In Nation's Capital


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on Friday will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to announce the release of a groundbreaking report on racial disparities in arrests in the District of Columbia.

The press conference will be held at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s offices, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.

The report, Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011: Implications for Civil Rights and Criminal Justice in the Nation’s Capital, includes a detailed analysis of more than 142,000 arrest records for the period 2009–2011. It proposes a number of key recommendations to address the identified racial disparities.

The Committee’s work on this study was greatly assisted by a Judicial Advisory Panel of Senior and Retired DC and Federal Judges and a team of lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP who served as the report’s principal authors.

The members of the Judicial Advisory Panel are: John M. Ferren, senior judge, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Rufus G. King III, senior judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; James Robertson, retired judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Ricardo M. Urbina, retired judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia; and Patricia M. Wald, retired chief judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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