You can take action and change how DC approaches policing, prosecution, and punishment. In these next few sections, DCJL lays out how you can navigate the lawmaking process and lawmakers, find key tools and resources, and campaigns you can join to make DC safer, freer and more equal.
Where the DC Council has control over a process, policy or government entity.
Where Congress has control over a process, policy or government entity, including justice agencies that work in DC
A large bill that has many different parts and covers different areas for change within it.
A bill that provides for the funding of the DC government. The budget is developed by the Mayor, and the Council may move money within it.
The LIMS is a website where you see what legislation is currently being considered and look up what is happening on a bill that was introduced in the past.
The meetings and hearings schedule of the DC Council allows you to search for past and upcoming DC Council meetings, hearings and events, and learn how you can attend or testify at these events.
Many DC Council meetings are recorded, and the videos of what was discussed are available for you to watch after the hearing or meeting.
Every year, DC agencies and departments have to provide written responses as part of the oversight process that contain important information from the agencies.
An up-to-date set of resources on what exactly is going on with the DC budget.
This guide will walk you through how the budget process works, where the DC government receives most of its money from and where you can weigh in on the process.
Contacts to build skills around communications, advocacy, research and organizing.
Gives helpful tips on how to write testimony, how to testify and how to follow up after the hearing.