The Ward 5 Report - Youth Edition


April 6, 2015 • John A Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 506 (202) 724-8028


The Ward 5 Report:

Youth Edition

Councilmember McDuffie is joined by Attorney General Karl Racine and Councilmember David Grosso to announce a significant reform to the District’s juvenile-justice system.


On Friday, April 3, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie was joined by At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and Attorney General Karl Racine to announce a significant reform to the District’s juvenile-justice system.

Currently, the security of D.C. Courts, in addition to the handling of detained juveniles at hearings, is the responsibility of the U.S. Marshals Service, a federal law enforcement agency. As a result of its unique status, D.C. is the only state-level court system in the country where the U.S. Marshals escort juvenile defendants for local offenses. By convening all of the relevant parties and forging an agreement, Councilmember McDuffie was able to ensure the immediate implementation of new rules regarding the treatment of juveniles, as well as the cooperation of our federal government partners.

Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Lee F. Satterfield’s Administrative Order 15-07, “Individual Determinations for the Use of Restraints on Respondents”, ensures there is a presumption that every child should be unrestrained, and requires that judges make an individualized determination with written findings to support any decision that a juvenile poses a risk with respect to him or herself, or the courtroom’s personnel and visitors.

Ending juvenile shackling in D.C. follows the development of a nationwide trend. At least twelve states (Alaska, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington) have banned the indiscriminate use of restraints on juveniles. Of these, five states have banned the indiscriminate shackling of youth by amending court rules, two through litigation, three through legislation, and one through formal judicial policy.

The Administrative Order goes into effect today.


Legislative &Committee Updates

New legislation that will dramatically improve the health outcomes of youth in the District of Columbia

On Thursday, March 26, Councilmember McDuffie re-introduced a bill that will increase the minimum age to purchase and possess tobacco products from 18 to 21. The legislation would also prohibit retailers from selling tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. “Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products will significantly reduce our youth’s exposure to a deadly habit,” stated McDuffie. “The legislation is our best tool to prevent adolescents from smoking, both presently and in the future as adults.” Nationwide, more than one in seven high school students are current smokers. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine concludes that a delayed initiation to tobacco products will significantly reduce the rate of smoking later in life, improve health outcomes, and save lives.

Councilmember McDuffie also introduced a bill to ban the sale of powdered alcohol (“Palcohol”). This month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau preliminarily approved the sale of Palcohol, which is a powder that can be dissolved into water to create an alcoholic beverage. Several states, including Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana and Vermont, have already banned the sale of the product, while many other jurisdictions are currently considering similar legislation.


Announcements from the D.C. Government

DISB Offers Free Financial Education Resources to Improve the Financial Capabilities of District Residents

April is National Financial Capability Month and the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), the District’s financial services regulator, will offer free personal financial resources throughout the month to improve the financial literacy of the city’s residents.

DPW Offers Options to Dispose of HHW, E-cycling, Personal Documents for Shredding in April 2015

The DC Department of Public Works announced the April 2015 schedule for disposing of household hazard waste, e-cycling and personal documents for shredding at the Fort Totten Transfer Station*. 

Mayor Bowser Announces Initiatives to Foster Economic Opportunity, Support Small Business Growth

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced two initiatives aimed at creating more quality affordable housing, supporting small and local business and expanding job opportunities for DC residents.


Kenyan in the Community

Ward 5 Leadership Team Meeting

Ward 5 Leadership Meeting

On Monday, March 30, Councilmember McDuffie hosted the Ward 5 Leadership Meeting. The meeting was well attended by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, civic association executive board members, and other community stakeholders.

The purpose of the meeting was to engage Ward 5 leaders on the current state of Ward 5. The Councilmember gave a presentation on the first three months of Council Period 21, and outlined his priorities for the coming year.

Following the presentation, attendees broke out in groups to participate in Community Conversations, which covered issues such as housing, economic development, and public safety. The individual groups then presented their concerns to the entire body, which the Councilmember will incorporate in his legislative and budget focus for Council Period 21.


DC Fire and EMS Cadet Class 17 Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, April 3, Councilmember McDuffie joined City Administrator Rashad Young, Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue, and Interim Fire Chief Edward Mills for the graduating ceremony of Cadet Class 17 held at Dunbar Senior High School.

Councilmember McDuffie was the keynote speaker and offered words of encouragement to the newest members of the department.

Members of Cadet Class 17 will now join the ranks as Probationary Firefighters. Join the Councilmember in congratulating Cadet Class 17!


Community Bulletin Board


Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

Students' art work will be displayed across the District of Columbia, including at the John A. Wilson Building.

For more information, please visit Congresswoman Norton's website.


Ward 5's DC Water Town Hall on Thursday, April 9

DC Water

Brookland - Edgewood Livability Study's first meeting on Thursday, April 9

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is kicking-off a six month livability study of the Brookland and Edgewood areas. DDOT livability studies seek to improve daily quality of life by taking a big picture look at the street network and by identifying concrete actions to increase safety and improve transportation connectivity and accessibility. Through a collaborative process with the local community and stakeholders, DDOT will develop study recommendations for improving multimodal connectivity, accessibility and quality of life for the people who live, work, and recreate in the Brookland and Edgewood neighborhoods.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Trinity Washington University's Main Hall - O'Connor Auditorium (125 Michigan Avenue, NE).

For more information, please visit





Thursday, May 21, 2015

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

 Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University

800 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, DC  20002


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