Since the announcement that Hope Village is not seeking a contract extension from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the CIC has been gathering information on the BOP's plan for current residents after the current contract expires on April 30, 2020. The CIC has also inquired about impact on individuals currently housed in BOP facilities with upcoming dates for release to a halfway house.
The BOP shared that staff visited Hope Village on Tuesday April 14, 2020 to meet with individual residents about their proposed release plans. Today the BOP has shared that of the 140 individuals currently at Hope Village, they expect to release 102 individuals to home confinement. The BOP anticipates releasing six more individuals to home confinement next week, once their release plans have been completed.
Thirty-two individuals will be transferred to the Volunteers of America Chesapeake facility at 5000 E Monument St. Baltimore, MD the week of April 27, 2020. The BOP indicated that they do not anticipate returning any individuals currently at Hope Village to BOP secure facilities.
Individuals currently on home confinement or transferred to home confinement will report to CORE DC for supervision under a new contract. The CIC has requested additional information on the specifics of this contract.
The CIC is still working to obtain information on how the closure of Hope Village will impact individuals currently in prison with upcoming dates to be transferred to a halfway house. The CIC encourages the BOP to transfer as many of these individuals as possible to home confinement in order to maintain sufficient space in other area halfway houses to accommodate individuals with security concerns or without a release residence.
The CIC will update this document as we receive additional information.
Donald L. Isaac, Sr.
DC Corrections Information Council (CIC)