Publications

Transformation Through Accommodation: Reforming Juvenile Justice by Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Author: Eduardo R. Ferrer, Legal & Policy Director, DC Lawyers for Youth
Published in: American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 53, pp. 549-93 (2016).  
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Public Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary on B21-0683 “Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016”

Testimony of R. Daniel Okonkwo
Executive Director, DC Lawyers for Youth
Public Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary on
B21-0683 “Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016”
Thursday June 2, 2016
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
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Public Hearing before the Committee on Health and Human Services on the FY2017 Budget of the Department of Human Services

Testimony of Eduardo R. Ferrer
Legal & Policy Director
DC Lawyers for Youth
Public Hearing before the Committee on Health and Human Services
On Budget of the Department of Human Services
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 am
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Public Hearing before the Committee on Judiciary on the FY2017 Budget of the Department of Corrections

Testimony of R. Daniel Okonkwo
Executive Director, DC Lawyers for Youth
Department of Corrections Budget Oversight Hearing
DC Council Committee on the Judiciary
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chairman
April 20, 2016
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Public Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary On the FY2017 Budget of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Testimony of Daniel Okonkwo, Executive Director

Thursday, April 6, 2016, 10:00 am
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
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Public Hearing On B21-0508, “School Attendance Clarification Amendment Act of 2015”

Testimony of R. Daniel Okonkwo,
Executive Director, DC Lawyers for Youth
Hearing on B21-0508, "School Attendance Clarification
Amendment Act of 2015"
January 21, 2016
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Councilmember McDuffie Hearing on Neighborhood Engagement and Violence Prevention Legislation

Testimony of R. Daniel Okonkwo
Executive Director, DC Lawyers for Youth
Joint Public Hearing On
B21-­0360, The “Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act Of 2015”
B21-­0357, The “Public Safety And Criminal Code Revisions Amendment Act Of 2015”
B21-­0382, The “Bail Reform Amendment Act Of 2015”
B21-­0384, The “District Of Columbia Good Time Credits Amendment Act Of 2015”
B21-­0189, The “Police And Criminal Discovery Reform Amendment Act Of 2015”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 1 P.M
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Youth Arrest and Court Involvement: Trends in the District of Columbia (1998-2014)

Arrest Petitions TrendsThis report summarizes recent data on youth arrests and court involvement in the District of Columbia.  It expands upon previous DCLY publications on this topic by utilizing arrest data from 1998 through 2014 and adding analysis of delinquency petitions. The data presented in this report are primarily from two sources. Youth arrest data can be found in the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) annual reports, years 1998-2014. Data concerning court petitions against young people under age 18 are available in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Family Division (Family Court) annual reports to Congress, years 2002-2014.

The key findings of the analysis are:

  1. Youth arrests are at their lowest point in the past 10 years, and have decreased 27% since 2009.
  2. Delinquency petitions against youth have decreased 29% since 2009.
  3. Youth arrests for most categories of serious crimes have decreased or held steady since 1998.
  4. In 2014, 77% of youth arrests and 52% of delinquency petitions were for non-violent, non-weapons offenses.
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Hearing on "Beyond 100 Homicides: Violent Crime In The District of Columbia"

Testimony Of R. Daniel Okonkwo
Executive Director, DC Lawyers For Youth
Hearing on "Beyond 100 Homicides: Violent Crime
In The District of Columbia"
September 16, 2015
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Fiscal Year 2014-15 Performance Oversight Hearing on the Deputy Mayor for Education

Testimony of Alex Peerman, Policy and Advocacy Associate
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
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