Reducing Violent Crime Among Youth

In 2010, a number of particularly violent offenses occurred within the District of Columbia, allegedly committed by youth who were under the supervision of the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and/or the D.C. Superior Court Social Services Division (CSS). Given the importance of such information in promoting community safety, PSA has been working with DYRS, CSS, CSOSA, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to expand the capacity for data-sharing concerning individuals under such concurrent or sequential supervision. This collaboration has resulted in an administrative order signed by the Chief Judge of the D.C. Superior Court authorizing the sharing of such information, as appropriate.

In 2011, PSA entered into a formal agreement with the CJCC, DYRS, CSS and CSOSA to establish a mutually agreeable process for information sharing that enables the most effective management of cases of persons who have matters simultaneously pending in the Family Court and the Criminal Division of the D.C. Superior Court.