The Committee and Covington Release Report on Challenges Faced by DC Women in Prison

WASHINGTON, DC - A report focusing on the overwhelming challenges faced by DC women who are incarcerated was released today by the Committee and Covington & Burling LLP.

The report, titled “DC Women in Prison: Continuing Problems and Recommendations for Change,” provides an in-depth look at the experience of women who are incarcerated both in the local Correctional Treatment Facility and in federal prisons, where many DC women convicted of felonies serve their sentences.

“This is a topic that should be of real concern to District of Columbia and federal policymakers and correctional authorities. Improving conditions for DC women who are incarcerated will help to enhance public safety, reduce public expenditures, and rebuild communities in the District,” said Eric Holder, Covington partner and former Attorney General.

The 94-page report, which includes a discussion of eleven recommendations, primarily focuses on four aspects of incarceration that are particularly critical for DC women:

  • Contact with children and families
  • Medical care
  • Education, job training, and life skills programs
  • Sexual abuse and harassment

“This report—the fourth in a series addressing significant issues affecting our local criminal justice system—highlights a set of problems confronting women prisoners that has long deserved public scrutiny,” said Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Executive Director Rod Boggs.

The report is the product of a review that brought together legal, civil rights, and criminal justice experts, as well as senior federal and District of Columbia judges.

Click here to view the full report.

Media Highlights:

DCist (March 25, 2016)
ABA Journal (March 25, 2016)
Politico (March 25, 2015)

WAMU (March 28, 2016)
WHUR (March 29, 2016)

Media Contacts:

David Schaefer, Covington & Burling LLP
202 662 6687 dschaefer@cov.com

Elliot Mincberg, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
202 319 1000 elliot_mincberg@washlaw.org 

Photos from the press conference at Covington & Burling are below:

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Contact with children and families

Medical care

Education, job training, and life skills programs

Sexual abuse and harassment

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