Monday, January 02, 2017
D.C.’s ‘beyond broken’ criminal-justice system is an outrage
The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency on Indiana Avenue in the District. (J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post)
By Editorial Board December 30, 2016
“BEYOND BROKEN.” That characterization by then-D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the District’s criminal-justice system was dismissed by some as hyperbole. But the truth of her words has been borne out in excruciating detail over the past year by Post reporters who have chronicled how repeat violent offenders are released back into the community, only to commit new crimes. “Where the hell is the outrage?” asked the departing chief — a question that, more than ever in light of The Post’s revelations, demands to be addressed by the city and federal officials responsible for the system.
The failings of the mix of local and federal agencies that comprise the criminal-justice system in the District have been the subject of examination in The Post’s ongoing “Second-Chance City” series. Lax enforcement by key federal agencies and questionable judgments from the D.C. Superior Court were spotlighted in a case in which the release of an offender resulted in a woman being raped.
Read much more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dcs-beyond-broken-criminal-justice-system-is-an-outrage/2016/12/30/ca6c5a00-ce99-11e6-b8a2-8c2a61b0436f_story.html?utm_term=.67cdb205af1d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1#