THE COMMUNITY DEFENDER DIVISION

James Berry

James Berry
Chief of the Community
Defender Division
Email  JBerry@pdsdc.org

The Community Defender Division provides services through three programs: 1) the Juvenile Services Program represents children at institutional disciplinary hearings at the District’s youth detention centers and works with community organizations to develop reentry programs that address the special needs of children; 2) the Institutional Services Program serves as the PDS liaison to individuals convicted of DC Code offenses and held in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, to provide information to assist these individuals and monitor their conditions of incarceration; and 3) the Community Reentry Program responds to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community; the program gives special consideration to returning individuals who are not served by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.