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2018 DC Prisoner and Reentry Symposium

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Envisioning a New Jail
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The Corrections Information Council (CIC) and The Public Defender Service’s Community Defender Division: Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services Program (PDS) held its the 2018 DC Prisoner and Reentry Symposium: Envisioning a New Jail.  The purpose of this symposium is to provide information to the community and criminal justice stakeholders who will later be actively engaged in the discussion and planning around a new jail for the District of Columbia. Here is the agenda:


9:15–9:30 Welcome/Introductions 

Michelle Bonner, Corrections Information Council

Chiquisha Robinson, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia


9:30–10:45 Alternatives to Incarceration: Who should be in jail?

Nancy Fishman, Vera Institute of Justice

Jamila Hodge, Vera Institute of Justice

Keir Bradford-Grey, Defender Association of Philadelphia


11:00–12:00 Design: What should the jail look like?

David Bostwick, HDR (Franklin County, OH)

Chief Deputy Geoffrey Stobart, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, OH

Sheriff Antionette V. Irving, Sheriff’s Office, City of Richmond


12:00–1:00 Lunch 


1:00–2:15 Programming: What should be provided to aid in reentry? 

Marc Howard, Georgetown University

Major Jimmie H. Barrett, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office

Amy K. Lopez, D.C. Department of Corrections


2:15–3:15 Funding: How do we pay for a new jail?

Kevin Donahue, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

Ed Lazere, D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute


3:30–4:45 Promising Practices: Franklin County, Columbus, OH

Quincy Booth, D.C. Department of Corrections

Carole Olshavsky, Cigarette Parks, Don Wheat – The Pizzuti Companies

David Bostwick, HDR (Franklin County, OH)

Chief Deputy Geoffrey Stobart, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, OH


4:45–5:00 Close-out

Michelle Garcia, Office of Victim Services/Justice Grants

Michelle Bonner and Chiquisha Robinson



Thanks to all who attended and participated to endeavor to gain a better understanding of the process of actualizing a new, functional facility that is conducive to reentry.