Welcome by UDC Law Dean Shelley Broderick
Moderator, Tammy Seltzer, Director
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Delegate to the House of Representatives, https://norton.house.gov
Johnny Barnes, Former Executive Director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, livingwiththelaw.com
Avis Buchanan, Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, www.pdsdc.org
Louis Sawyer, Jr., Chair, DC Reentry Task Force, DC Office of the Attorney General
About the Forum
Statehood advocates have wanted the DC Government to begin transition planning for the day when our local/state government will assume all the responsibilities that the governments of the 50 states handle. A large part of this transition planning will involve the District’s criminal justice system which was taken over by the federal government in 1997 due to the financial crisis.
The first panel will present both the facts and the human side of the federalization of our criminal justice system. The facts of our federalization will be presented by Avis Buchanan, Director of the Public Defender Service. Two formerly incarcerated people will share their experiences with our criminal justice system.
The second panel will present the prospect of ending the federalization of parole for DC Code offenders. Louis Sawyer, chair of the Reentry Task Force will explain how this will benefit both DC Code offenders and the wider community. Johnny Barnes will discuss the role of the community in defederalizing our criminal justice system.
DC Statehood Coalition
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Council for Court Excellence
DC Democratic State Committee
DC Federation of Democratic Women
DC for Democracy
DC Latino Leadership Council
DC Statehood Green Party
League of Women Voters of DC
Stand Up for Democracy in DC (Free DC)
Ward Three Democrats
Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Woman's National Democratic Club