– In September, DC’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council released a study on the Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act, which provides sentencing alternatives for offenders under the age of 22 who have committed certain crimes. The study found that the current law didn’t offer programs tailored to rehabilitating youth. A new bill would change this. (WaPo, 10/31)
A bill to overhaul the District’s troubled Youth Rehabilitation Act would limit the number of young offenders eligible for more lenient sentences and require judges to justify — in writing — why they are giving convicts benefits under the law.
But the bill also would require the city to offer new treatment and services to young-adult offenders, a change that is being applauded by juvenile-justice advocates, many of whom had been openly critical of adding any restrictions to the 32-year-old law.
– Virginia State Crime Commission briefed on marijuana decriminalization study, hears from public (Richmond Times, 10/30)
PHILANTHROPY | Congratulations to Mardell Moffett for being named executive director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation!
RACIAL EQUITY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, reflects on the response she received from nonprofits after the foundation began requiring prospective applicants to complete a racial equity impact assessment tool when applying for grants. (Daily, 10/31)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | New Public Art Project Connects Anacostia Historic District to River (East City Art, 10/30)
LGBTQ | Yesterday a US District Court judge rejected the administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. (DCist, 10/30)
Gretchen suggested I put something “spooky” in the Daily, so here you go – the story of Northern Virginia’s Bunnyman!