DC B25-0543 | 2023-2024 | 25th Council


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-1)
Status: Introduced on October 18 2023 - 25% progression
Action: 2023-11-07 - Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
Pending: Council Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


As introduced Bill 25-543 would prohibit nearly all forms of segregated confinement for individuals incarcerated at penal institutions owned, operated, and controlled by the Department of Corrections (DOC). It also limits the use of safe cells, would mandate that all residents in a DOC facility receive at least eight hours of out-of-cell time a day, and charge DOC with providing residents mental health services any time they’re placed in prolonged confinement, medical isolation, or suicide watch. It would require DOC to collect and publish data on the ongoing use of solitary confinement, and allow residents to file special grievances, and potentially sue the agency if they’ve been subject to prolonged confinement.

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Eliminating Restrictive and Segregated Enclosures (“ERASE”) Solitary Confinement Act of 2023



2023-11-07CouncilReferred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
2023-10-27CouncilNotice of Intent to Act on B25-0543 Published in the DC Register
2023-10-18CouncilIntroduced in Office of the Secretary

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