DC to review its youth second-chance law

YOUTH/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Yesterday, the DC Council began hearing testimony on their plan to revise the District’s Youth Rehabilitation Act, a policy that allows courts to show leniency when sentencing persons under the age of 22. A Washington Post series found that judges may have used the act to give violent offenders shorter prison sentences. (WaPo, 2/9)

[Councilmember Charles] Allen began the hearing saying that he intended to find “what’s working, what’s not working and to chart a course” for improvement.

Five hours into the hearing — filled with emotional testimony from convicts who said they had benefited from having their records sealed — Allen made clear that he has no intention of repealing the Youth Act.

He said he would like to restore the rehabilitation services promised but not delivered under the law and to curb judges who exploit its provisions to hand out overly lenient sentences.

REGION | The Washington Business Journal has released its honorees for its 10th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards. We’re proud to announce that WRAG’s own president Tamara Lucas Copeland has been selected as an awardee! Read more about the award here. (WBJ, 2/10)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS | A local radio show held a conversation with Ward 8 residents on the District’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Listen here (WAMU, 2/9)

EQUITY | Despite DC being named 4th-best place to live in US, huge quality of life gap remains in city, data shows (FOX5DC, 2/9)

– Undocumented immigrants in the DC metropolitan region worry about their future and make plans under threat of possible deportation (WaPo, 2/8)

– How Immigrants Changed the Geography of Innovation (Citylab, 2/9)

HEALTHWhat repeal? D.C.’s health exchange plows forward with plans for 2018 (WBJ, 2/9)

MENTAL HEALTH | Opinion: One fact that is ignored when we discuss gun violence and mental illness (NPQ, 2/9)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Donor Services Associate, District of Columbia | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region– New!
PATH Resource Center Manager | Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Program Officer | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Program Assistant | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Grants Program Director | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Senior Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Nonprofit Financial Planning & Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Managing Director for Equity and Health | Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)
Nonprofit Project Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Human Resources Manager | Arabella Advisors
Executive Assistant to the President (P/T) | ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Administrative Associate
| Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Manager, Operations & Programming
| Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets
| Capital One
Executive Director
| Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

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