– A false DNA test, incompetent lawyers, or an extremely determined prosecutor can wreak havoc on an innocent person’s life. If the person is found innocent after they’ve served a long prison sentence and freed, compensating them for their suffering is the least a city could do. DC, which is one of the most generous in awarding payments to the unjustly imprisoned, is considering capping the amount it gives. (WAMU, 4/28)
“Whenever you think of a cap, it’s arbitrary,” said Attorney General Karl Racine, who proposed the $200,000 cap and says there’s no real way to truly compensate someone for time they have lost in prison. “The balance that we are trying to strike is to have the most generous cap possible to compensate wrongly convicted individuals and also allow the city a measure of fiscal management and control.”
Racine isn’t alone in making this point: In an op-ed published late last year in The Washington Post, Irv Nathan, Racine’s predecessor, made the case that a cap is needed because it would help the city better protect its finances and predict how much someone might be paid for unjust imprisonment.
– The Case for Weed Reparations (Citylab, 4/27)
EDUCATION | A U.S. Department of Education study released yesterday found that student achievement declined after participation in DC’s school voucher program. (WaPo, 4/27)
HOMELESSNESS | Someone nailed a big piece of wood onto a bench in a Mount Pleasant park, causing some to believe it was put there to prevent homeless individuals from sleeping on it. (GGWash, 4/27)
CHARITABLE GIVING | Trump Tax Plan Would Reduce Giving Incentives, Experts Say (Chronicle, 4/26 – Subscription needed)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | There will be a nationwide day of action on May 1 to protest the policies of the new administration and the reawakened ideals of its supporters. (Alternet, 4/28) Hill-Snowdon Foundation will be closing its doors in solidarity.
POVERTY | Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong (Atlantic, 4/27)
Social Sector Job Openings
Director of Programmatic Initiatives | Fight For Children – New!
Major Gift Officer–DC | Urban Teachers – New!
Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Management Associate | Public Welfare Foundation
Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.
Community Affairs Contractor – Engagement, Capital One Cafés | Capital One
Executive Director | International Association for Volunteer Effort
Administrative Associate | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
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