State Criminal Justice Profile

District of Columbia

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $1 million* in state and local funds to the District of Columbia.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,516,171
Justice Assistance Grant Program—0 Local Awards $0
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $331,577

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
District of Columbia Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG District of Columbia Reentry Initiative $1,516,171

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
District of Columbia Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Formula Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $34,551
District of Columbia Government 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 DC Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Grant $88,870
District of Columbia Government 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 FY 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) District of Columbia Byrne Reallocation Funds $177,739
District of Columbia Government 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 District of Columbia John R. Justice Loan Repayment Program $30,417

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 2

Sworn Officers: 4,579

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • 100% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 2 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 2 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty.*

*Assault data is not available.

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for the District of Columbia:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 7,864 8,406 6.9
Murder and Manslaughter 88 103 17.0
Forcible Rape* 236 671 N/A
Robbery 4,036 4,078 1.0
Aggravated Assault 3,504 3,830 9.3
Property Crime 30,736 31,083 1.1
Burglary 3,519 3,316 -5.8
Larceny-Theft 23,556 24,533 4.1
Motor Vehicle Theft 3,661 3,234 -11.7
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

Complete arrest data for District of Columbia is not available.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court


Major Correctional Facilities: 1 central detention center, 1 correctional treatment facility, and 3 halfway houses
Recidivism Rate*: 21.0%
Top Offenses: Assault/domestic violence, parole and release violation (FY 2014)

Source: District of Columbia Department of Corrections
*The percentage of those who are reincarcerated within 1 year.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), a RISS Center, serves the District of Columbia. There are 34 District of Columbia criminal justice agencies that are members of MAGLOCLEN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In the District of Columbia, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • House of Ruth’s Women’s Integrated Re-entry Program (WIRP). This program works to facilitate a smooth transition into the community for women being released from the correctional treatment facility in southeast DC. A case manager develops individualized reentry plans for each woman based on an assessment of her needs, capabilities, and personal goals.

  • Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS) program of the Department of Human Services. PASS aims to reduce the occurrence of status offenses by engaging families, community partners, and government agencies in promoting positive behaviors among youth. It also works to prevent court-processing and detention of youth.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

District of Columbia Justice Grants Administration Edward Smith, Administrator

District of Columbia At-A-Glance

Total Population: 646,449
Population Under 18: 111,474
Population Over 65: 73,422

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

Local Governments: 2
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Channing D. Phillips—District of Columbia, Washington Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Christopher Geldart, Director

Drug Courts: 3
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center