By a vote of 13-0, the DC Council passed comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes to move forward without the burden of a criminal record.
While tickets to the All-Star game might be hard to score, there's a whole bunch of fun activities happening in Ward 6 to celebrate the MLB All-Star game. Scroll on to see what's happening when and where. The who is easy -- that's you!
Councilmember Allen to hold public roundtable on policing and public safety in Wards 7 and 8
On Thursday, July 12, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public oversight roundtable to hear from members of the community on policing and public safety concerns specific to Wards 7 and 8. The roundtable is open to all residents.
Summer is officially here. With schools out and the pools open, take some time to enjoy our parks, recreation centers, and the many free neighborhood events that will be taking place. But we also know summer can be hard for our families who struggle to put food on the table. With school out, our food pantries will face extra demand and could use your generosity. I'll try to highlight ways we can take care of each other below. Let's make it a great summer in Ward 6 for everyone. Speaking of which, everyone is welcome to walk with me in the best Fourth of July parade in America next Wednesday, July 4, at 10am on Barracks Row.
With all the rain we've had recently, DC Water's new clean rivers tunnel system has been put to work! Did you know that since it opened two months ago, over 400 million gallons of sewage overflow has been prevented from entering the Anacostia River? Instead, that waste now flows to Blue Plains for treatment. When we talk about making big investments in our future and our infrastructure, it's important to remember why it matters and what those investments look like. I'll spend most of this newsletter highlighting what's in next year's District budget, but don't miss my evening office hours this Thursday on H Street, NE - if getting to my regular Friday morning office hours is tough for your schedule, hopefully we can connect on Thursday.
The Council of the District of Columbia just held a first vote on the city’s annual spending plan, which totals $14.4 billion. So, what’s in it for Ward 6 residents, businesses, students, seniors, parents, bikers, walkers, and more? Let’s break it down.
Some highlights from the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety’s 2018 budget recommendations, which passed by a vote of 5-0. The $1.45 billion budget includes 31 agencies and 10,070 full-time employees.
Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act passes Committee votes 5-0
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen and members of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted 5-0 on comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes. The bill now proceeds to the full Council for a first vote.
Reforming the “YRA”: The “Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2018”
What is the Youth Rehabilitation Act?
Under the District’s Youth Rehabilitation Act of 1985, or the “YRA”, young adults under the age of 22 convicted of, and sentenced for, a crime other than homicide are eligible to have their convictions “set aside” if they successfully complete their sentence. They may also be eligible for different sentencing options. This means their conviction won’t be a barrier to future jobs and housing, for example, but can still be used in determining their sentence if they commit another crime or to place them on the sex offender registry, among other uses. Certain offenses are currently ineligible for YRA sentencing and the set aside: murder, first degree murder that constitutes an act of terrorism, and second degree murder that constitutes an act of terrorism. The YRA also requires specific facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of YRA-sentenced young adults.
This past Monday marked the 11th anniversary of the fire that burned Eastern Market. That was a tough day. But, there's a reason Eastern Market is the longest continuously operating farmer's market in the city. We came together as a community and we rebuilt. Today the market remains a vibrant part of Capitol Hill and DC. As we mark that milestone, I'm working hard to ensure the future of Eastern Market is secure in our upcoming budget.