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A lot of people seem to think the city’s dockless vehicle game is out of control given the introduction of mopeds over the weekend, and I’ll say it is—just look at this guy


Everyone has something to say about a Council bill to reform criminal sentencing in the District.      

The bill, introduced by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen in February, would give people who were convicted of a serious violent crime before the age of 25 and have already served 15 years in prison a chance to have their sentences reduced. The bill further amends the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA), which unanimously passed in 2016 and allowed convicted juveniles to apply for resentencing.    

The Post Editorial Board first voiced opposition earlier this month, on Aug. 3. Then a week later, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu issued a press release, saying D.C. is considering releasing hundreds of “violent criminals”—which Slate characterized as “alarmist,” as the bill is just a “modest” attempt to address the District’s mass incarceration problem. A local defense attorney also recently weighed in to defend the bill.  

Now Allen and Attorney General Karl Racine have penned an op-ed in the Post in response to criticism of the bill.   

“In recent years, D.C. residents, speaking through their elected officials, have made it clear they want to address this problem. That’s why the D.C. Council enacted resentencing legislation for rehabilitated people who committed a serious crime,” write Allen and Racine.

“The U.S. attorney’s office and an editorial in The Post voiced concerns. Their fears are overblown and unfounded,” they add. 

The bill could come up for a vote in the fall. It’s not yet clear what every councilmember thinks. 

“Where there are opportunities to effectively reintegrate people into the community in a responsible way, I think we should do it,” said Ward 7 councilmember Vince Gray, who co-sponsored the bill, on the The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi on Friday. 

To learn more about the bill’s opposing opinions, read City Paper’s latest story


  • With help from a government grant, advocates work to ensure immigrants are counted in the 2020 census. [WAMU

  • Virginia lawmakers to debate gun-control measures Monday and Tuesday. [WTOP

  • Trader Joe’s replaced a women’s hospital. [Post]

  • ICYMI: LGBTQ residents respond to the Trump administration’s rollback of nondiscrimation law. [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Councilmember Jack Evans threatened Metro officials with their jobs to keep ethics violations quiet. [Post, WAMU, NBC]

  • A 38-year-old man died in police custody after he was seen knocking on doors in PG County wearing only underwear. [NBC]

  • People wrongly convicted of crimes in Maryland are seeking compensation for time spent behind bars. The state is dragging its feet. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Starting today, the Dupont Circle CAVA is the company’s innovation kitchen. [WCP]

  • The 62 new restaurants where you can eat great for $25 per person or less. [Washingtonian]

  • One of Todd Thrasher’s rums tastes like gin. [DCist]

  • Would you try these insect-flavored cocktails? [Edible]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Artists explore American identity at Touchstone Gallery. [WCP]

  • Julie Langsdorf’s White Elephant tackles suburban gentrification. [WCP]

  • The Washington Monument is back, baby. [WAMU]

  • A newly renovated D.C. community center brings music making. [Post

  • Sometimes you go to see Aladdin but get stuck in a Kennedy Center elevator. [WJLA]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • NBA star Stephen Curry is making “a seven-figure donation paid out over the next six years” for Howard University to have varsity golf teams. [Post]

  • The Mystics didn’t waste any time clinching a playoff spot this season, and on Sunday, they set a WNBA record with 18 threes in a win over the Indiana Fever. [AP]

  • After giving up three homers and blowing the save during the Nats’ 5-hour, 40-minute loss to the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats have placed closer Sean Doolittle on a 10-day injured list with knee tendinitis. Manager Dave Martinez also said that ace Max Scherzer is “probable” to pitch on Thursday. [MLB.com, CBS Sports]

  • Less than 24 hours after the 14-inning game, the Nats beat the Brewers, 16-8, thanks to multiple back-to-back home runs. [Federal Baseball]

  • The Loudoun South Little League team from Northern Virginia beat the Coon Rapids Andover American Little League squad from Minnesota, 11-0, and will play again on Wednesday. [Loudoun-Times Mirror]

  • Wayne Rooney is not exactly pleased with certain aspects of the MLS. [Twitter]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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