District of Columbia Pardon and Parole Laws

In District of Columbia,  the Mayor of the District of Columbia may grant pardons and respites for offenses against the late corporation of Washington, the ordinances of Georgetown and the levy court, the laws enacted by the Legislative Assembly, and the police and building regulations of the District[i].   The Mayor must commission all officers appointed under the laws of the District and must ensure that the laws are faithfully executed.

Pursuant to D.C. Code § 24-131, the United States Parole Commission has jurisdiction to grant or deny parole and to impose conditions.  The Parole Commission has exclusive authority to amend or supplement any regulation interpreting or implementing the parole laws of the District of Columbia with respect to felons, provided that the Commission adheres to the rulemaking procedures.

D.C. Code § 24-131 provides that on the date in which the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia is established under § 24-133, the United States Parole Commission assumes any remaining powers, duties, and jurisdiction of the Board of Parole of the District of Columbia, including jurisdiction to revoke parole and to modify the conditions of parole, with respect to felons.  On the date on which the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia is established under § 24-133, the Board of Parole established in the District of Columbia Board of Parole Amendment Act of 1987 will be abolished.

D.C. Code § 24-131 provides that the Parole Commission exercises the authority vested in it pursuant to the parole laws and regulations of the District of Columbia, except that the Council of the District of Columbia and the Board of Parole of the District of Columbia may not revise any such laws or regulations  without the concurrence of the Attorney General.

Pursuant to D.C. Code § 24-132, the U.S. Attorney General, in consultation with the Chairman of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority and the Mayor of the District of Columbia, must appoint a Pretrial Services, Parole, Adult Probation and Offender Supervision Trustee, who will be an independent officer of the government of the District of Columbia, to effectuate the reorganization and transition of functions and funding relating to pretrial services, defense services, parole, adult probation and offender supervision.

Beginning on the date of appointment, and continuing until the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia is established under § 24-133, the Trustee must:

1) Have the authority to exercise all powers and functions authorized for the Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia;
2) Have the authority to direct the actions of all agencies of the District of Columbia whose functions will be assumed by or within the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, and of the Board of Parole of the District of Columbia, including the authority to discharge or replace any officers or employees of these agencies;
3) Exercise financial oversight over all agencies of the District of Columbia whose functions will be assumed by or within the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, and over the Board of Parole of the District of Columbia, and allocate funds to these agencies as appropriated by Congress and allocated by the President;
4) Receive and transmit to the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency all funds appropriated for such agency; and
5) Receive and transmit to the District of Columbia Public Defender Service all funds appropriated for such agency.

District of Columbia Pardon and Parole Laws

[i] D.C. Code § 1-301.76.


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