Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 16: Public hearing about stemming crime and violence

The Committee on the Judiciary (Ward 5 CM Kenyan McDuffie, chair) is holding a hearing on crime and synthetic drugs Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 pm in the Council Chamber (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).   The hearing will be streamed live; watch it via the council website.

According to the official hearing notice (PDF),

To date, 110 homicides have been committed this year in the District, representing a 41 percent increase over last year. "These homicides and other violent crimes have devastated families and communities across the city," said McDuffie. "The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the steps that the city is taking to prevent and respond to violent crime, to address the underlying causes, and to prioritize community responses to what we must view as a public health crisis." Councilmember McDuffie has been discussing holistic strategies to combat crime in the District with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, representatives from federal partners, residents, and national and local organizations. As a result of those discussions and additional research and outreach by his office, McDuffie will be introducing a legislative package in September to offer community- and evidence-based solutions to violent crime.

If you are testifying at the hearing and are still working on your testimony, you might want to take a look at information, research, and plans.   Some may be a bit dated but they are still valid.

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