Oof: DC Officials Seek Crime-Fighting Advice From The Currently Incarcerated
Male prisoners at Southeast D.C.’s Correctional Treatment Facility participated in a two-month LEAD Up! educational program generating crime-prevention methods, the outlet reported. Local officials, including U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui and D.C. Director of Gun Violence Prevention Linda K. Harllee Harper reportedly attended an Aug. 3 session with them at the prison.
One prisoner group called for establishing a gun safety-focused city Department of Violence Prevention and Firearm Education, according to the Post. A 19-year-old convicted carjacker reportedly recommended further employment programs.
D.C.’s total inmate population dropped by about 6.9% from June 2021 to June 2022, based on its Department of Corrections’ data.
However, D.C. police statistics showed Aug. 2 year-to-date robberies and murders in the District respectively rose 20% and over 12% since 2021, according to Fox 5 Washington DC. An Aug. 2 mass shooting this year killed one person and hurt five others there, the station reported.
D.C. Director of Gun Violence Prevention Harper said they need to address a “communication breakdown” with prisoners, as some lacked knowledge of D.C.’s present anti-violence programs, the Post reported.
D.C.’s Department of Corrections and Office of Gun Violence Prevention did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.
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