Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 12. Judiciary Square Detention Facility Construction.


§ 24–1201. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(2) “Judiciary Square” means the area generally bounded by H Street, N.W. to the north, 6th Street, N.W. to the west, Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. and Constitution Avenue, N.W. to the south, and 1st Street, N.W. and 3rd Street, N.W. to the east.

(3) “Mayor” means the Mayor of the District of Columbia.


(May 4, 1990, D.C. Law 8-117, § 2, 37 DCR 1733.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 32-1701.


§ 24–1202. Judiciary Square detention facility requirements.

(a) The Mayor shall construct or renovate a building within or near Judiciary Square for use as a detention facility for the District of Columbia (“District”) to house not more than 1,500 inmates. The facility shall comply with the American Correctional Association standards for correctional facilities.

(b) The facility shall house primarily pretrial detainees, persons convicted of misdemeanors, and parole violators held pending a parole revocation hearing.

(c) The Mayor shall issue proposed rules to classify inmates in an incoming inmate reception and diagnostic program of the facility according to rehabilitative needs, the crime committed, any drug abuse history, and appropriate housing requirements. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(May 4, 1990, D.C. Law 8-117, § 3, 37 DCR 1733.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 32-1702.


§ 24–1203. Responsibilities of the Mayor.

(a) The Mayor shall submit to the Council a proposal for a detention facility within or near Judiciary Square within 90 days of November 7, 1989.

(b) If the Mayor has not entered into a design construction contract for the detention facility within 180 days of May 4, 1990, the Mayor shall submit a report to the Council that details the progress of the plans for a detention facility and the reason that a contract has not been executed.

(c) The Mayor shall not dispose of any property owned by or under the jurisdiction of the District government within or near Judiciary Square until a site for a detention facility has been selected or acquired, except that an appropriate disposition may be made for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (“Memorial”), which is to be built pursuant to the Joint Resolution Authorizing the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to establish a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs, Pub. L. 98-534, 98 Stat. 2712 (1984). The detention facility shall not be located on private property or on the same property or property immediately adjacent to the planned site of the Memorial, which is to be built on the block bounded by F Street, N.W., to the north, E Street, N.W., to the south, 5th Street, N.W., to the west, and 4th Street, N.W., to the east, provided that the construction of the Memorial in no way prevents or delays the construction of the detention facility. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the District’s powers of eminent domain.


(May 4, 1990, D.C. Law 8-117, § 4, 37 DCR 1733.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 32-1703.