Town Hall on Mass Incarceration in D.C.

Round-table discussion on the D.C. Jail system

This town hall on mass incarceration in D.C., held on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the large room, stems from a recent report by the ACLU & Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The findings are incredible, including: 

  • More than 8 out of 10 arrests were of African Americans.
  • District wards with more African American residents witnessed far more arrests.
  • More than 19 out of 20 arrests were for nonviolent offenses.
  • Nine out of 10 individuals arrested for drug offenses are African American.
  • Six out of 10 drug arrests were for simple possession, and nearly 9 out of 10 arrests for possession involved African American arrestees.
  • Wards with a high percentage of African American residents accounted for a disproportionately high percentage of all drug arrests.
  • While there are significant disparities between whites and African Americans in drug arrests, drug use survey data showed much less disparity in drug use among the two groups.
  • Nearly 7 out of 10 traffic arrests were of African Americans.
  • Eight out of 10 individuals arrested for disorderly conduct were African American or Hispanic.

The town hall will consist of a presentation of the report for 20 minutes. Then the community is encouraged to share their experiences with arrest and incarceration to put faces to the data, and inform everyone of the problem. 

Please contact Amanda with questions.