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mwheele86 t1_j9z3qha wrote

I don’t understand this. If she knows this fact, which I’ve seen other people corroborate; why isn’t she pushing for the AG to make sure they are locked up for longer or the post arrest process is changed to ensure more certainty of convictions.


Pure_Contact5891 t1_j9zfdlh wrote

No need to have anybody corroborate it. I wasn't being facetious when I said she described it like a game of whack-a-mole. That's exactly what she said. It's on video.

This is a bit outside of my knowledgebase, but my understanding is that the AG doesn't operate under the Mayor or the Council, so it doesn't really matter what Nadeau's feelings are on this. The AG can do what they want. The MPD, the Mayor, the Council, they could all be pissed off about the offenders being put right back onto the street and the AG can continue on with their lax sentencing because they don't report to any of them.

Why would the AG do this? I'd gather it has to do with their Restorative Justice program and a long-term plan of rehabilitating the youth in lieu of putting them behind bars.


mwheele86 t1_j9zm61x wrote

My wording was a little confusing. I’ve seen other people corroborate that is the same people just doing the same shit over and over and getting released. So she clearly knows the problem. Our elected AG is responsible for juvenile punishment and I believe the council sets sentencing standards for both juveniles and adults.

Council is also responsible for funding priorities. People keep saying we need non police responses and other services for these kids, but we have them; a million different programs being funded inside and outside the school system targeted towards this. I’m sure those programs catch layers of these kids from getting worse, but I’m also sure there are certain ones that break through all the other efforts and IMO it’s ok to drop the hammer on them judicially.

I’m still in disbelief the girls who murdered that Uber driver are essentially going to serve 5-6 years based on when they age out of the juvenile system. I also think without more punitive measures people end up taking retribution / protection into their own hands like the dude who shot that 13 year old.

The one thing we need congress to help on is looking into the USAO which is responsible for prosecution of adults. It’s basically a black box we don’t get much accountability nor information on.


app_priori t1_j9zc8g4 wrote

Because these kids need more than punishment, they also need mentorship. Their parents aren't there; they have no adult figures to look up to, except criminals willing to exploit them because adult criminals know they can hire kids to do their dirty work as kids have a decent amount of legal immunity.


Ok_Culture_3621 t1_j9zs6fu wrote

Exactly. By the time a child gets to the point of being willing to threaten the life of a total stranger for their stuff, so much has already gone wrong I don’t think the threat of incarceration is going to matter much. And the frustrating thing is, we know what the roots of this are. We just don’t have the political will to address it.


ballsohaahd t1_ja038du wrote

The dc ag doesn’t really do shit. The us attorneys office for dc is responsible for prosecuting crimes in the city. Only the feckless DOJ oversees them. They can’t even get people for overthrowing the govt.


annang t1_ja052w4 wrote

The DC AG is responsible for all juvenile prosecutions, except when children are charged as if they were adults.