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

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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.

Four of these judges and the Covington team will be attending the press conference. Other attendees will include the Committee’s Executive Director Rod Boggs, the Committee’s DC Prisoners’ Project Director Deborah Golden, and the former Director of the DC Prisoners’ Project Phil Fornaci.

About the Washington Lawyers’ Committee

Established in 1968 to provide pro bono legal services to address discrimination and entrenched poverty in the Washington, D.C., community, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee has since successfully handled thousands of civil rights cases on behalf of individuals and groups.

(Graphic: The NorthStar News & Analysis)