Defending fairness for all by supporting successful reentry.

When our clients’ lives intersect with the criminal and juvenile legal system, they face challenging obstacles. The Community Defender Division (CDD) works to help our clients in the District—both adults and children—face their legal difficulties that stem from prior arrests, convictions, and incarceration.

Innovative programs designed to help make sense of the complex legal systems.

These cutting-edge programs provide comprehensive legal services to clients who are impacted by their criminal or juvenile records.  Our doors are open to anyone who is struggling to make sense of the challenges of D.C.'s complex legal systems.  We encourage individuals to visit our office in order to meet with our staff and learn more about the resources we can provide.

In our Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services Program, clients may seek representation for a range of issues, including:

  • Criminal records
  • Employment
  • Background
  • Checks
  • Child Support
  • Parole
  • Prisoners' Rights

In our Juvenile Services Program, children may seek assistance regarding issues, including:

  • their rights after they are committed
  • their rights while they are detained
  • their rights while placed out of their homes

JSP also offers a Hotline for youth to call at the Youth Services Center at (202) 528-5430.