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Correctional Facilities

Central Detention Facility

The Central Detention Facility (CDF), also referred to as the DC Jail, is located in Southeast DC at 1901 D Street, SE. The current facility was opened in 1976. In July 2002, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the population capacity limit at the DC Jail imposed in the 1985 Campbell v. McGruder court ruling. In October 2007, the Executive Administration established a population capacity at CDF of 2,164. This number is within the ranges recommended by two consultants hired independently by the Council and the Department of Corrections leadership during 2004 and supports the agency’s compliance with the Jail Improvement Act of 2003. The majority of male residents (females are housed at the Correctional Treatment Facility) housed in the CDF are awaiting adjudication of cases or are sentenced for misdemeanor offenses. As a result of the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, sentenced felons are transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Correctional Treatment Facility

The Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF), originally constructed by the District of Columbia, Department of Corrections, was activated in May 1992 as a specialized medium security institution. The eight-story structure stands on 10.2 acres next to the Central Detention Facility off 19th and D Streets, SE, in Washington, DC.

The Correctional Treatment Facility consists of five separate, multi-story buildings that are situated immediately adjacent to each other, presenting the appearance of one large structure. The facility design provides for the security perimeter. Each building contains separate areas for administration, programs, housing and services that allow the facility to function as a whole. Each single room has a window and each unit has at least one television room, a multi-purpose room and access to a recreation yard. Housing units within CTF range from 16 to 48 cells with a maximum capacity of 96 beds per unit.

Community Corrections Facilities

The DC Department of Corrections currently has a contractual agreement with a single community release program, referred to as a community correctional center or halfway house. This facility, known as Fairview, is a privately operated halfway house specifically for women. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, along with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, assigns pretrial offenders and individuals sentenced for misdemeanors to this halfway house as an alternative to traditional incarceration. Additionally, the DC Department of Corrections has the authority to place sentenced misdemeanants in the halfway house, subject to the approval of the Warden or their designee. Fairview provides a range of educational and programmatic services aimed at supporting the residents including:

  • Case Management
  • Behavioral Health Services Including Individual and Group Counseling
  • Educational Services Including: GED Preparation, Tutoring, and Computer Skills
  • Vital Record Replacement Vouchers (Birth Certificates and Non-Driver's State ID)
  • Employment Assistance/Job Readiness
  • Referrals to the Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs, the DC Department of Employment Services, and the DOC READY Center
  • Professional Clothing Closet
  • In-House Substance Abuse Intervention NA/AA Meetings
  • Financial Education Services
  • Health Education and On-Site Exercise Equipment
  • Voter Registration
  • HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention
  • Volunteer-Led Bible Study/Prison Fellowship