District of Columbia law currently allows people who received sentences longer than 15 years before turning 18 to have their sentence reviewed after a portion of their term has been served. A bill before the District Council would extend those sentence reviews to people convicted for an offense before turning 25, allowing a second look for more people who deserve a chance to reenter society. Research shows that individuals generally age out of serious crime after adolescence, so current law leaves hundreds of people who likely pose little threat to public safety without any hope of release.
The Sentencing Project is part of a city-wide coalition of advocates who support this common-sense response to mass incarceration and echo the goals of our Campaign to End Life Imprisonment. You can read a letter to the editor in this week’s Washington Post from Senior Advocacy Associate Josh Rovner explaining why this bill should become law.
Please show your support. Sign a city-wide petition endorsing the Second Look Amendment Act.