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“Second-Chance City”

This Washington Post series examines issues related to repeat violent offenders in the District of Columbia.

Part I:
How an accused rapist kept getting second chances from the D.C. justice system (Washington Post, May 14, 2016)

Part II:
How an inmate who repeatedly threatened to rape his guards ended up on a bus back to D.C. (Washington Post, July 29, 2016)

Part III:
Second-chance law for young criminals puts violent offenders back on D.C. streets (Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2016)

Part IV:
The crimes against them were terrifying, but the judicial system made it worse (Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2016)

Part V:
He says he robbed 100 people in D.C. Could he have been stopped before he killed? (Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2016)

Part VI:
In D.C., the federal government gives released criminals many chances to fail (Washington Post, Dec. 28, 2016)

Related News Coverage:

D.C. leaders agree to reform Youth Act (Washington Post, Dec. 24, 2016)

Related Opinion Pieces:

Second chances: More harm than good? (Letter to the Editor from ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp) (Dec. 7, 2016)

Should young violent offenders get a second chance? (WaPo Editorial Board, Dec. 11, 2016)

Muriel Bowser’s joke response to a Post investigation  (Colbert King, Dec. 26, 2016)

D.C.’s criminal justice system is a threat to public safety (Colbert King, Dec. 30, 2016)

D.C.’s ‘beyond broken’ criminal-justice system is an outrage (WaPo Editorial Board, Dec. 30, 2016)

The Shameful Washington Post Series on the Youth Rehabilitation Act (Capitol Hill Corner, Dec. 30, 2016)

Mayor Bowser’s Crime Plan

Mayor Bowser’s “A Safer, Stronger DC” Plan (August 2015)

What Other States And Cities Are Doing

What Works (And Doesn’t) In Violence Prevention (citiesunited.org)