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Testimony: Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016

Policy Director Sharra Greer testified before the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary regarding the proposed “Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016.” The proposed bill, if passed, would bring critical reforms to the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system that prioritize rehabilitation, reduce over-incarceration, restore judicial discretion, promote humane confinement, enhance agency oversight, and protect young immigrants. In her testimony, Sharra expressed overall support for this goal, but focused her testimony on a specific part of the bill that removes a barrier to moving cases forward in the DC Superior Court, which poses a particular problem in custody cases.

Click below to read her full testimony.