Last week, I had the privilege of writing another story on the ongoing saga of overdetentions at the D.C. Jail. It was my third piece that touched on the issue in the last few years. And while it’s nice to be able to go back to the well so many times, my editors’ eyes tend to glaze over at the mention of the words “overdetention” and “D.C. Jail.”
But maybe there’s a solution to my editors’ fatigue, perhaps reader fatigue(!), and more importantly inmate fatigue. There seems to be growing agreement that maybe, just maybe, inmates should not be sent back to the D.C. Jail to be released; maybe inmates should be let free directly from the courthouse. At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who chairs the judiciary committee that oversees the jail, thinks this is decent solution.
“It’s easier on everybody,” he says. “It’s easier on the inmate, the marshals don’t have to re-transport. There’s less likelihood of a late release like at 10 o’clock at night.”
Apparently, Department of Corrections and Superior Court bigwigs are meeting on the issue.