Bringing District inmates closer to home

– A 1997 bill, intended to address the District’s financial crisis, took some responsibilities from the city, including management of its prison population. Since then, residents with long-term sentences are forced to go to prisons far from home. Advocates and returning citizens want to change this practice. (WAMU, 8/10)

Advocacy groups, former prisoners and some families say that arrangement, born of financial necessity and political compromise two decades ago during D.C.’s fiscal crisis, needs to be revisited. When D.C. prisoners are held in facilities hundreds of miles from home, they say, rehabilitation and re-entry become more challenging, only fueling the recidivism that ensures that many of those prisoners will simply end up back in federal custody.

“We do not have any kind of direct control or input over our own fellow residents,” says Tara Libert, founder of the Free Minds Book Club, a group that works with D.C. residents in and out of prison. “And that, to me, is not democracy.”

– The growing trend of replacing in-person visits to prisons with video technology may be harmful to poor families who can’t pay for the service. (Atlantic, 8/10)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | A local nonprofit discusses how communities of color are still being disrupted at the benefit of local governments. (HAT Blog, 8/8)

VIRGINIA | White supremacists and nationalists are rallying in Charlottesville, for a second time, this weekend to protest the removal of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. (WaPo, 8/10)

PHILANTHROPY| Friendship Place, a District nonprofit that fights homelessness, is getting a major donation from Amazon at the end of the year. (WBJ, 8/10 – Subscription needed)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Community Affairs Associate (Community Relations Associate Consultant) | Wells Fargo – New!
Business Development Director | Center for Disaster Philanthropy – New!
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Operations Associate | ACT for Alexandria
Membership & Marketing Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Membership Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Management Associate | Public Welfare Foundation
Executive Director | Agua Fund
Database Assistant | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Senior Administrative Assistant/Foundation Coordinator | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and the Marriott Daughters Foundation
Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Development Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC

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