(a) Pursuant to § 1-204.04(b), the Council establishes the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (“Office”), as a separate agency, subordinate to the Mayor, within the executive branch of the District of Columbia government, which shall be headed by the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice shall be appointed to head the Office pursuant to § 1-523.01(a).
(c) The Office shall:
(1) Be responsible for providing guidance and support to, and coordination of, public safety and of justice agencies within the District of Columbia government;
(2) Ensure accountability through general oversight over public safety and justice agencies, as well as the programs under the jurisdiction of the Office, including those listed in paragraph (5) of this subsection;
(3) Promote, coordinate, and oversee collaborative efforts among District government agencies, and between District and federal government agencies, to ensure public safety and enhance the delivery of public-safety and justice services;
(4) Serve as a liaison to federal government agencies associated with criminal justice or public-safety issues, in the coordination, planning, and implementation of public-safety and justice matters;
(5)(A) Be responsible for providing guidance and support to, and coordination of, the:
(i) Access to Justice Initiative;
(ii) Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Commission;
(iii) Corrections Information Council;
(iv) Office of Justice Grants Administration; and
(v) Office of Victim Services.
(B) Funding for the programs listed in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall be specified by the annual Budget Request Act adopted by the Council. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the Office from contributing administrative and other support to further the purpose of these programs;
(6) Beginning December 31, 2017, and by December 31 of each year thereafter, deliver a report to the Mayor and the Council that analyzes the trends associated with the Metropolitan Police Department’s felony crime statistics. The report shall include:
(A) The number and type of felony arrests made by the Metropolitan Police Department;
(B) The number of felony arrests that resulted in conviction and the sentence imposed;
(C) The location of felony arrests by ward, district, and police service area;
(D) The number of suspects involved in each felony arrest;
(E) The number of victims involved in each felony arrest;
(F) The characteristics of each suspect arrested for a felony crime, including:
(i) The age of the suspect;
(ii) The race of the suspect;
(iii) The gender of the suspect;
(iv) The level of education of the suspect;
(v) The police service area where the suspect resides;
(vi) The number of prior arrests the suspect has had with the Metropolitan Police Department;
(vii) The number and type of convictions on the suspect’s criminal record;
(viii) The suspect’s relationship, if any, to the victim of the crime for which he or she was charged; and
(ix) If known, whether the suspect has had prior contact with the Department of Behavioral Health; and
(G) The characteristics of each victim involved in a felony crime, including:
(i) The age of the victim;
(ii) The race of the victim;
(iii) The gender of the victim;
(iv) The level of education of the victim;
(v) The police service area where the victim resides;
(vi) The number of prior contacts the victim has had with the Metropolitan Police Department;
(vii) The number and type of convictions on the victim’s criminal record; and
(viii) The victim’s relationship, if any, to the suspect; and
(7) During a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to § 7-2304.01, provide to the Council Committee with jurisdiction over the Office a weekly written update containing the following information:
(A) Unless otherwise distributed to the Chairperson of the Council Committee with jurisdiction over the Office by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a daily census for that week of individuals detained in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, categorized by legal status;
(B) Any District of Columbia Government response to either the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the Court-appointed inspectors regarding the implementation of the Court's orders and resolution of the inspectors' findings in the matter of Banks v. Booth (Civil Action No. 20-849), redacted for personally identifiable information; and
(C) A description of:
(i) All actions taken by the District Government to improve conditions of confinement in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, including by the Director of the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services or Director's designee; and
(ii) Without reference to personally identifiable information, COVID-19 testing of individuals detained in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, including whether and under what conditions the District is testing asymptomatic individuals.
(d) Subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice who is the incumbent head of the Office on September 14, 2011.
(Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 3022, 58 DCR 6226; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 3022, 62 DCR 10905; June 30, 2016, D.C. Law 21-125, § 210, 63 DCR 4659; June 8, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328, § 701, 67 DCR 7598.)
Effect of Amendments
The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 substituted “Be responsible for providing guidance and support to, and coordination of, the” for “Oversee and provide administrative support for” in the introductory language of (c)(5)(A).
Section 3102(b) of D.C. Law 21-160 amended section 901(a) of D.C. Law 21-125, removing the subject to funding requirement. Therefore the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 21-125 have been given effect.
Applicability of D.C. Law 21-125: § 901 of D.C. Law 21-125 provided that the change made to this section by § 210 of D.C. Law 21-125 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.
For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3022 the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).
Short title: Section 3021 of D.C. Law 19-21 provided that subtitle C of title III of the act may be cited as “Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Establishment Act of 2011”.