Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Jail’

Inmate Stabbed Inside The D.C. Jail; Broken Cell Door May Be Linked To Incident

On January 13, Darrell C. Lee II was stabbed multiple times inside his D.C. Jail cell. The door to Lee's cell was apparently broken; his door could not close. After taking a shower, Lee returned to his cell, and was then allegedly jumped by several inmates.
The inmates reportedly used a black knife, stabbing Lee multiple [...]

‘What The Fuck You Want Po Po?’

Last week, Tira Williams was wrongly released from the D.C. Jail.  The Department of Corrections has yet to come up with a legit excuse for her release. But maybe there's one excuse that everyone can get behind.
The DOC should just come out and say this: Ms. Williams was just really annoying and therefore we felt [...]

D.C. Jail Releases Inmate Early, City Officials Wrongly Blame Superior Court

On Tuesday, news broke that the D.C. Jail renewed one of its most steady pastimes: screwing up an inmate's release. Throughout the jail's recent history, Department of Corrections officials had made a habit of either releasing inmates too early or holding inmates well beyond their release dates. In the case of Tira Williams, jail officials [...]

Chandra Levy’s Alleged Killer Arrives In D.C.

The Post is reporting that Ingmar Guandique has arrived in D.C. The paper writes:
"Federal marshals transported Ingmar Guandique to Washington on Monday night from a federal prison facility, where he was serving time for attacking two women.
Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said that Guandique will be taken today from the D.C. Jail to the [...]

D.C. Jail’s Cell Doors Don’t Work—Leads To ‘Riot’ Last Month

This past week, City Desk reported that the D.C. Jail has shut down its visitation hours for the early part of this month. The Department of Corrections told us that the reason families can't see their loved ones is simple: Officers are conducting a total sweep of the jail.
The closure's timing is suspicious but seems [...]

D.C. Jail Update On Shutting Down Social Visits

Yesterday we posted an item on the Department of Corrections shutting down visitation to the D.C. Jail from April 8 to April 19. The rumors have been flying since March. We've heard that the jail has had problems with inmate doors not working. We've heard that there was a fight recently that caused a number [...]

D.C. Jail Suspends Social Visits

According to a D.C. Jail has suspended social visits from April 8 through April 19:

"Social visits with inmates at the Central Detention Facility (CDF) will not be permitted from April 8, 2009 to April 19, 2009. However, legal visits are not affected and may be conducted as usual.
Social visits will resume on April 20, 2009. [...]

Thank You, Beverly Young

Beverly Young has announced that she is leaving District government. This is big news for reporters on the crime beat. For years, Young served as the spokesperson for the Department of Corrections which meant the D.C. Jail. This was not exactly a happy job filled with good news. During her tenure, inmates escaped, there were [...]

D.C. Jail Inmates Still Being Over-Detained

Yesterday, Washington City Paper's Mike DeBonis tracked the latest turn in the war between Councilmember Phil Mendelson and AG Peter Nickles over the D.C. Jail's 10 p.m. inmate release deadline. Nickles doesn't like the law and wants it repealed. Mendo is still probably "appalled" at the request.
Nickles argues that the law is too costly. Advocates [...]

Our Morning Roundup: In Praise Of Salad Bars

Tommy Blog: D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells announced on his blog that he will be hosting a forum tomorrow night on AG Peter Nickles' recent push to allow late-night releases at the D.C. Jail. We wrote about the issue as well.
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Nickles: All Bluster And ‘Falsehoods’ On D.C. Jail Issue

Last week, as part of our average day coverage, Mike DeBonis reported that Councilmember Phil Mendelson was "appalled" at AG Peter Nickles' interest in rescinding a law that requires the D.C. Jail to release inmates before 10 p.m.
Mendo has every reason to be appalled. As chair of the Judiciary Committee, he knows all too well [...]

D.C. Jail Establishes New Procedures For Transgender Inmates

Today, the D.C. Department of Corrections issued a "program statement" establishing new procedures in how it classifies and houses transgendered inmates at the D.C. Jail. This is a huge step, and a surprisingly progressive step for the D.C. Jail. In a letter obtained by Washington City Paper, AG Peter Nickles wrote to to the D.C. [...]

Pearl Beale Gets Justice: City Gives Biggest Payout In Wrongful Death Of Inmate

In a "Special 40th Anniversary Issue" of its newsletter, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs noted that the District recently made some big news. The city offered the largest settlement in its history for a wrongful-death case involving a prisoner. The prisoner had been fatally stabbed at the D.C. Jail six [...]

Our Morning Roundup

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