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About SCDC

The Council of the District of Columbia established the DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission in 2006. It was created from the DC Sentencing Commission established in 2004 from the DC Advisory Commission on Sentencing (ACS), which was created in 1998.The Commission's CCR mandate expired on September 30, 2016. Given the scope of the Commission’s sentencing and criminal code reform work, the Council created a separate agency, the Criminal Code Revision Commission, to solely focus on revisions to the D.C. criminal code. The D.C. Sentencing Commission performs the following mandate: 

  • Review and analyze pertinent sentencing data; 
  • Review sentencing data, policies, and practices in the District of Columbia annually; 
  • Submit an annual report to the Council summarizing the Commission's activities and including further recommendations as appropriate; 
  • Review and research sentencing policies and practices locally and nationally and make recommendations to the Council that increase the fairness and effectiveness of sentences in the District of Columbia; 
  • Make such other recommendations designed to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of criminal sentencing policies and practices in the District of Columbia; 

The Commission meets monthly and consists of 152 voting members and 5 non-voting members. For more information on the DC Sentencing Commission, select from the following: