D.C. Prisoners: Conditions of Confinement in the District of Columbia
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Covington & Burling LLP
D.C. Prisoners: Conditions of Confinement in the District of Columbia. Report by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Covington & Burling. Washington, D.C.: Authors, 2015. Retrieved at, http://www.washlaw.org/pdf/conditions_of_confinement_report.pdf | http://perma.cc/92LQ-RDLF
The appalling conditions of confinement in D.C. prison facilities, especially in light of their disproportionate impact on African-Americans, are a key criminal justice and civil rights issue in Washington DC. This is the third in a series of reports focusing on criminal justice reform and civil rights issues by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. On average, the daily population of D.C. Department of Corrections (DCDOC) facilities exceeds 2,000 prisoners. About three-quarters of these individuals are detained at the Central Detention Facility, a nearly forty-year-old facility commonly referred to as the “D.C. Jail.” Just under one quarter are detained at the privately-run Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF). The rest are located at one of the District’s three halfway houses. This report examines the conditions of confinement at the D.C. Jail and the CTF and discusses several recurring and serious problems that require the prompt attention of the DCDOC and District policymakers.
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