THE COMMUNITY DEFENDER DIVISION

Jamie Argento Rodriguez

Jamie Argento Rodriguez
Chief of the Community
Defender Division
Email  JRodriguez@pdsdc.org

As part of PDS’s holistic approach to public defense, the Community Defender Division provides services to adults and children, primarily those who are in the post-adjudication stage of a criminal or juvenile delinquency case in the District of Columbia Superior Court. In the context of evolving concepts of holistic public defense, PDS is seeking to identify and implement enhancements to CDD’s mission and operations. CDD currently provides its services through specialized programs for adult and juvenile clients. For adult clients, CDD responds to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals and others with criminal records, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community. Further, CDD serves as the PDS liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses and serving sentences in the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, Central Treatment Facility, and Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, to provide information to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of incarceration, and assist them on parole and other release-related matters. For juvenile clients, CDD represents children at administrative due process hearings, provides in-person legal consultations for children at the District’s youth detention centers and works with community organizations to develop reentry programs that address the special needs of children.

Community Defender Division
680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Suite H-5
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 824-2801
Fax: (202) 824-2819