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The ‘Secure D.C.’ crime bill, proposed by Council Member Brooke Pinto, cleared a key hurdle with unanimous approval (5-0) in the Committee of the Judiciary and Public Safety. The comprehensive bill consolidates various proposed crime-related legislations into a single framework, addressing issues from gun offenses to nutritional standards in the D.C. Jail.

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While the bill received unanimous support, concerns were expressed by council members, including Anita Bonds and Charles Allen, particularly regarding police accountability measures. The bill is scheduled for a first reading before the entire council on January 23, with ongoing discussions expected to refine specific aspects. Melissa Wasser from the ACLU raised concerns about public comprehension, over-incarceration, and a provision granting D.C. police the authority to declare drug-free zones, emphasizing the need for fair treatment in drug treatment services.

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Despite the bill’s focus on violence prevention and social services, Wasser stressed the importance of increased direct community investment.

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