Code of the District of Columbia

Part L. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.


§ 1–301.191. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice; establishment; authority.

*NOTE: This section includes amendments by emergency legislation that will expire on June 10, 2021. To view the text of this section after the expiration of all emergency and temporary legislation, click this link: Permanent Version.*

(a) Pursuant to § 1-204.04(b), the Council establishes the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (“Office”), as a separate agency, subordinate to the Mayor, within the executive branch of the District of Columbia government, which shall be headed by the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice shall be appointed to head the Office pursuant to § 1-523.01(a).

(c) The Office shall:

(1) Be responsible for providing guidance and support to, and coordination of, public safety, justice, and returning citizen agencies within the District of Columbia government, including the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, established by § 24-1302;

(2) Ensure accountability through general oversight over public safety, justice, and returning citizen agencies, as well as the programs under the jurisdiction of the Office;

(3) Promote, coordinate, and oversee collaborative efforts among District government agencies, and between District and federal government agencies, to ensure public safety and enhance the delivery of public safety, justice, and returning citizen services;

(4) Serve as a liaison to federal government agencies associated with public safety, justice, or returning citizen issues, in the coordination, planning, and implementation of public safety, justice, and returning citizen matters;

(5) Repealed.

(6) Beginning December 31, 2017, and by December 31 of each year thereafter, deliver a report to the Mayor and the Council that analyzes the trends associated with the Metropolitan Police Department’s felony crime statistics. The report shall include:

(A) The number and type of felony arrests made by the Metropolitan Police Department;

(B) The number of felony arrests that resulted in conviction and the sentence imposed;

(C) The location of felony arrests by ward, district, and police service area;

(D) The number of suspects involved in each felony arrest;

(E) The number of victims involved in each felony arrest;

(F) The characteristics of each suspect arrested for a felony crime, including:

(i) The age of the suspect;

(ii) The race of the suspect;

(iii) The gender of the suspect;

(iv) The level of education of the suspect;

(v) The police service area where the suspect resides;

(vi) The number of prior arrests the suspect has had with the Metropolitan Police Department;

(vii) The number and type of convictions on the suspect’s criminal record;

(viii) The suspect’s relationship, if any, to the victim of the crime for which he or she was charged; and

(ix) If known, whether the suspect has had prior contact with the Department of Behavioral Health; and

(G) The characteristics of each victim involved in a felony crime, including:

(i) The age of the victim;

(ii) The race of the victim;

(iii) The gender of the victim;

(iv) The level of education of the victim;

(v) The police service area where the victim resides;

(vi) The number of prior contacts the victim has had with the Metropolitan Police Department;

(vii) The number and type of convictions on the victim’s criminal record; and

(viii) The victim’s relationship, if any, to the suspect;

(7) By January 1, 2022, the Office shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and Council a report identifying the statutory and regulatory collateral consequences of criminal records in the District, along with recommendations for their mitigation or elimination; and

(8) During a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to § 7-2304.01, provide to the Council Committee with jurisdiction over the Office a[:]

(A) Monthly written update containing the following information:

(i) Unless otherwise distributed to the Chairperson of the Council Committee with jurisdiction over the Office by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a daily census for that month of individuals detained in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, categorized by legal status;

(ii) Any District Government response to either the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the Court-appointed inspectors regarding the implementation of the Court's orders and resolution of the inspectors' findings in the matter of Banks v. Booth (Civil Action No. 20-849), without reference to personally identifiable information; and

(iii) A description of all actions taken by the District Government to improve conditions of confinement in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, including by the Director of the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services or Director's designee; and

(B) Weekly written updates, without reference to personally identifiable information, containing data and a description of the COVID-19 testing and vaccination of Department of Corrections staff and individuals detained in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, including whether and under what conditions the District is vaccinating and testing both groups.

(d) Subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice who is the incumbent head of the Office on September 14, 2011.

(e) For the purposes of this section, the term "returning citizens" shall have the same meaning as provided in § 24-1301(5).


(Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 3022, 58 DCR 6226; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 3022, 62 DCR 10905; June 30, 2016, D.C. Law 21-125, § 210, 63 DCR 4659; Dec. 3, 2020, D.C. Law 23-149, § 3042, 67 DCR 10493; Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-205, § 2, 68 DCR 000769; Mar. 17, 2021, D.C. Act 24-30, § 701, 68 DCR 003101.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 substituted “Be responsible for providing guidance and support to, and coordination of, the” for “Oversee and provide administrative support for” in the introductory language of (c)(5)(A).

Applicability

Section 7014 of D.C. Law 22-33 repealed § 901 of D.C. Law 21-125. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 21-125 have been implemented.

Section 3102(b) of D.C. Law 21-160 amended section 901(a) of D.C. Law 21-125, removing the subject to funding requirement. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 21-125 have been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 21-125: § 901 of D.C. Law 21-125 provided that the change made to this section by § 210 of D.C. Law 21-125 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 701 of Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-30, Mar. 17, 2021, 68 DCR 003101).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 701 of Coronavirus Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-405, Aug. 19, 2020, 67 DCR 10235).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of § 901 of D.C. Law 21-125, see § 7014 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of § 901 of D.C. Law 21-125, see § 7014 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3022 the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 701 of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-130, Oct. 9, 2020, 67 DCR 8622).

Short Title

Short title: Section 3021 of D.C. Law 19-21 provided that subtitle C of title III of the act may be cited as “Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Establishment Act of 2011”.