• dc jail Oct 19

    US Marshals Inspect DC Jail, Interview Capitol Insurrection Inmates

    U.S. marshals are inspecting the D.C. jail and speaking with inmates arrested in the U.S. Capitol insurrection case. A week ago, a federal judge raised questions about the treatment of those Jan. 6 inmates at the jail after revelations one of the defendants had a broken hand that was allegedly improperly cared for. The judge also formally found the...

  • dc jail Oct 19

    US Marshals Inspect DC Jail, Interview Capitol Insurrection Inmates

    U.S. marshals are inspecting the D.C. jail and speaking with inmates arrested in the U.S. Capitol insurrection. News4’s Scott MacFarlane reports.

  • capitol riot Oct 14

    DC Jail Officials Found in Contempt Over Jan. 6 Riot Defendant

    A judge found the warden and director of the D.C. jail in contempt of court, ruling they aren’t properly responding to court questions about the medical care being given to at least one U.S. Capitol riot defendant. News4’s Scott MacFarlane reports.

  • dc jail Oct 14

    DC Jail Officials Found in Contempt Over Jan. 6 Defendant Treatment

    A federal judge found D.C. corrections officials in contempt of court Wednesday in connection to medical treatment of a Jan. 6 defendant. The judge said he’ll refer the matter to the Justice Department to determine whether the jail is violating the rights of Capitol insurrection suspects.

  • Capitol Insurrection Jul 29

    Man Who Propped Feet Up in Pelosi's Office Complains of Treatment in DC Jail

    The man captured in the now infamous photo putting his feet on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the U.S. Capitol insurrection is among a growing number of Jan. 6 defendants complaining about D.C.’s jail. Richard “Bigo” Barnett, of Arkansas, is one of dozens of insurrection defendants who was detained in the D.C. jail. He spent...

  • dc superior court Jul 8

    DC Superior Court Offering Safe Surrender for People With Warrants

    Thousands of people will soon be at risk of being arrested because of outstanding warrants in the District. Because of the pandemic, those warrants weren’t being enforced, but that’s about to change. News4’s Mark Segraves spoke to a D.C. judge about a program called safe surrender.

  • ward 7 Jun 22

    First DC Inmate Elected to ANC Board Begins Term

    Joel Caston helps run a mentorship program in D.C.’s jail that partners older inmates with new ones to discuss social issues. But his time behind bars may be coming to an end via an early release program, NBC4’s Scott MacFarlane reports.

  • dc jail Jun 16

    DC Jail Inmate Elected to ANC Ward 7 Seat

    A D.C. Jail inmate has been elected to a government position. Joel Caston is a new Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Ward 7. He was one of five inmates in the jail who ran for the position. “We all wrote down our ideas, our platform, what we were campaigning for,” Caston said. Caston will represent the residents of the jail in…

  • dc jail Jun 10

    Capitol Riot Defendants Raise Concerns About DC Jail

    D.C.’s aging jail is becoming a focal point and a source of concern for some of the people charged in the U.S. Capitol insurrection cases. Scott MacFarlane and the News4 I-Team discovered the jail is being referenced in a growing number of legal challenges filed by the defendants.

  • dc jail Jun 10

    Insurrection Cases Raise Profile and Concerns About DC Jail

    Several of the U.S. Capitol riot defendants in the Southeast D.C. jail complex filed formal motions seeking release, alleging a range of problems from physical assault to poor medical care to isolation and “languishing.”

  • dc jail Oct 21, 2020

    DC Jail Working to Register Inmates to Vote

    For the first time, incarcerated felons are eligible to vote in District races after the D.C. Council passed a new law this summer. Last week, the News4 I-Team reported challenges with getting federal inmates registered for this year’s election. Scott MacFarlane shows how the D.C. Jail is helping local inmates there prepare to cast ballots from behind...

  • dc jail Oct 20, 2020

    DC Jail Registers Hundreds of Inmates to Vote

    Voter enthusiasm has new meaning when it comes to Joel Caston. At 44 years old, Caston is voting in his very first election.  “You feel like a kid on Christmas Day and you unwrap the gift and now you’re eager to know what’s inside,” Caston said, describing the moment he opened his by-mail ballot.   Caston is one of at...

  • coronavirus Apr 29, 2020

    DC Inmate Wasn't Isolated Hours After Showing Coronavirus Symptoms, Email Says

    An internal email obtained by News4 claims a D.C. inmate was not isolated from other inmates for hours after he showed symptoms of coronavirus. A corrections officer said in the email they saw the inmate “who was designated by Medical Staff to move to Isolation Unit NO2” was still in his cell Thursday night. “[The inmate] was laying on...

  • coronavirus Apr 20, 2020

    89 DC Inmates Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus

    There are now 39 inmates with coronavirus in isolation in D.C. jails and 50 inmates have recovered from the virus, the Department of Corrections said Sunday. Eight men from age 23 to 52 tested positive. Of the eight new cases, two were previously in quarantine at the Correctional Treatment Facility as a precautionary measure after someone from their unit tested…

  • coronavirus Apr 19, 2020

    Judge Denies Request to Release DC Inmates, Orders Better Protections Against COVID-19

    A D.C. District Court judge denied a request to release inmates from two Department of Corrections facilities after inmates sued the department for lack of protections against the coronavirus. Inmates in the Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility brought a lawsuit against the director and warden of the Department of Corrections. They were seeking release from the detention...

  • coronavirus Apr 19, 2020

    DC Jails Lack Social Distancing, Inspectors Say

    Inmates at D.C.’s jails are not properly social distancing and there is a lack of enforcement of distancing as the coronavirus continues to spread, according to a court-ordered inspection report released Saturday. More than 80 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, and 50 of them are no longer in isolation after recovering, the D.C. Department of Corrections said in...

  • coronavirus Apr 13, 2020

    DC Grocery Distribution Centers Now Open; Gun Violence Persists

    Ten grocery distributions centers are now open in D.C. for anyone with food needs. At a press briefing Monday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke about available resources and persistent gun violence in the District. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.

  • dc jail Apr 13, 2020

    Inmate at DC Jail Dies of Coronavirus, in First Virus Death at Facility

    A man who was an inmate at the D.C. jail has died of coronavirus, in the first death from the virus at the facility.  Deon Crowell was 51. He was diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday and “placed in isolation, where he was monitored by medical staff,” the Department of Corrections said in a statement. He was hospitalized the...

  • coronavirus Apr 12, 2020

    Judge Orders Inspection of DC Jail

    Inspectors will soon check the conditions inside the D.C. jail after concern about the spread of the coronavirus among inmates. News4’s Scott MacFarlane reports.

  • coronavirus Apr 12, 2020

    Judge Orders Inspection of DC Jail Following Lawsuit

    In the next 72 hours, inspectors will check the conditions inside a D.C. jail amid the coronavirus pandemic. There’s growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 inside the Southeast D.C. facility. More than 40 inmates have tested positive, according to the D.C. Department of Corrections. Some inmates have filed a class action lawsuit seeking early release and enhanced cleaning...

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