Local officials in D.C. recently convened a convention to draft a constitution that would put the city on the path to statehood. Under the plan, the District would adopt a new name: "New Columbia." But some of those who've been on the front lines of the fight for statehood aren't thrilled about how the process has worked so far - and where it might be going.
The District’s getting mixed messages this summer about its efforts to combat juvenile crime. A new report by a court-appointed monitor credits the city’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) with a “remarkable” turnaround in how it educates youths in detention. But high-profile crimes continue to fuel public anger towards DYRS and broader reforms. We examine the stakes, and explore why a 25-year old court case still influences the process.
- Marc Schindler Interim Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), District of Columbia
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