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Statements & Press Releases

November 2, 2021: PDS Calls for the Immediate Release of all Persons Detained at the D.C. Jail

July 14, 2021: PDS Virtual Safe Surrender Press Release

April 27, 2021: Statement by Director Avis E. Buchanan on the Derek Chauvin Verdict 

The guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial is a long overdue step towards police accountability in this country. Despite the verdict, the recent police killings of children and young people are tragic reminders that racist and violent policing remains a deadly scourge in police departments across this country, including the District’s Metropolitan Police Department. The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia remembers the Floyd family and their loss as we stand in solidarity with everyone continuing the fight for justice and meaningful police reform.

March 18, 2021: Press Release for The D.C. Reentry Navigator: Empowering You To Succeed With A Criminal Record