DC Compassionate Release Project
The District of Columbia Compassionate Release project is to a coalition of advocates who have come together to assist District of Columbia prisoners who are vulnerable to COVID-19 to seek release under a newly enacted District of Columbia statute. The project will place these cases for pro bono assistance with private counsel and will provide training and support to the lawyers who are taking cases. The District of Columbia, as part of its emergency response to COVID-19 amended its criminal law to permit incarcerated persons serving sentences under the D.C. Code to seek compassionate release if they meet certain criteria, including conditions that place them at high risk if they contract COVID-19. Support provided by a grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
Steps to get started.
- Setup your account and login. (If you have an account for the NACDL website, you can use that.)
- Review the training materials which will appear below when you login.
- After reviewing the training, complete and agree to the volunteer questionnaire.