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Compassionate Release Update (March 2021)

On April 7, 2020, the DC Council passed emergency legislation which expanded the eligibility of DC Code Offenders to apply to the Superior Court for compassionate release. This legislation became permanent on January 13, 2021. The most recent data obtained by the DC CIC shows that as of March 16, 2021, the DC Compassionate Release Clearinghouse House had received and partially processed 824 questionnaires. Of the 824 requests, 693 cases have been assigned to judges. Of the 693 petitions, 433 have been decided.