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D.C. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS RESPONSE TO WASHINGTON LAWYERS COMMITTEE WHITE PAPER, “D.C.WOMEN IN PRISON: CONTINUING PROBLEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE”

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Washington Lawyer’s Committee (WLC) commissioned Covington and Burling to prepare a white paper regarding challenges faced by D.C. women who are incarcerated both in D.C. detention and federal correctional facilities. A number of recommendations of the WLC report are specific to federal institutions and programs under the purview of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and not the D.C. Department of Corrections. These challenges include conditions of confinement such as avenues to maintain contact with children and families, medical care, education, job training and life skills programs, sexual abuse and harassment, and re-entry. The Department of Corrections provides the following comments in response to the portions of the report about DC DOC operations.