Criminal Justice Public Forum on January 18, 2011

The following was submitted by Cecilia Jones, President, Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA):

Please come to the first in a series of four Community Public Forums on DC’s Criminal Justice System. This is a time to learn, ask questions, raise issues, get answers, and formulate strategies on how we can stop the very serious problem of chronic repeat offenses in our neighborhoods. Although this event is hosted in Columbia Heights, the topics have CITYWIDE relevance–please cross town if you have to, and bring your active, concerned neighbors. Let’s make 2011 a great year for public safety in our communities. There’s a lot we can do.

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Place: St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street NW, (16th-Street Side), Upstairs Auditorium

Main Speaker:

  • Cliff Keenan, Deputy Director of Pretrial Services Agency
  • Suggested Pre-reading: “Processing Arrests” (attached)
Topic:
  • Preventing crime through effective pretrial release strategies
Video Presentation:
  • “Conditions of Release”
With Participation from:
  • DC Metropolitan Police Department: Assistant Chief Diane Groomes and Third District Commander Jacob Kishter
  • US Attorney’s Office: Third District Community Prosecutor Roger Kemp
Small-Group Discussion Leaders:
  • Kathy Henderson, Leader of Ward 5’s Court Watch
  • Veronica Davis, Ward 7 Community Activist and Blogger
  • Cecilia Jones, Volunteer Coordinator of the Community Criminal Justice Accountability Initiative (CCJAI)

Please come and bring your neighbors! Please share the attached flyer with your neighborhood listserves, housemates, and the neighbors on your block. NWCHCA Community Public Forums are always free-of-charge and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served.

Please mark your calendars: Upcoming NWCHCA Criminal Justice Public Forum Dates: (3rd Tuesdays of the Month)

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2011: Speakers & Small-Group Discussions – Topic: Prosecution & Outcomes of Misdemeanor Crimes
  • Tuesday, March 15 2011: Speakers & Small-Group Discussions – Topic: TBD
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Large Panel with Heads of All Relevant Criminal Justice Agencies – Topic: Criminal Justice Process & CCJAI

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