Pre-Trial Detention of Dangerous and Violent Defendants Following Passage of the Omnibus Public Safety Justice Amendment Act of 2009
Group: Urban Institute District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute
In 2009, the DC Council passed the Omnibus Public Safety and Justice Amendment Act of 2009, a comprehensive anti-crime bill with a particular focus on gun crime and other violent crime in the District of Columbia. Among several policy changes introduced by the Act is the facilitation of pretrial detention for defendants charged with certain offenses, mostly dangerous or violent crimes. This report examines whether detention of these defendants increased following passage of the Act. After accounting for preexisting trends in pretrial detention in the District of Columbia, we find that pretrial detention for dangerous and violent defendants without weapons charges rose after passage of the Act, but those with associated weapons charges show no change.
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