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The District's Youth Rehabilitation Act - An Analysis

Washington, D.C. – Today, the District of Columbia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) released a study on the Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act (YRA), which provides sentencing alternatives for young adult offenders under 22 years of age who are sentenced for any crime other than murder, including murder associated with acts of terrorism. The YRA also provides an opportunity for youth to have the conviction “set aside” (sealed from public view) if the youth satisfies the conditions of the sentence. The study was conducted at the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is the Chair of the CJCC; the study also addresses a related request from Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, who is also a member of the CJCC.