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Norton Blasts New BOP Requirement that D.C. Halfway House Must Accept Child Sex Predators

Oct 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released Norton’s letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz strongly opposing a new BOP requirement that the facility awarded a contract for a Residential Reentry Management Center in the District of Columbia metropolitan area must accept all high-risk inmates, including sexual predators whose victims were children.  The five-year halfway house contract will replace or renew the contract currently held by Hope Village.  Norton submitted her letter to be included in the official record concerning Request for Proposal (RFP) 200-1270-ES.

In her letter, Norton wrote, “We must strongly contest this new decision to condition the contract on agreeing to accept child predators, even for facilities that may be located near schools, child care facilities and other places where children congregate.  Due to its high density, almost all locations in the District are within 1,000 feet of areas where children congregate…The previous five-year contract awarded to Hope Village did not have this condition.  In the past, Hope Village agreed to accept sex offenders whose victims were adults.  In the District, we are not willing to accept the risk of housing sex offenders whose victims were children in residential neighborhoods where children congregate…The decision regarding acceptance of all high-risk inmates, including sex offenders, regardless of their classification, does not appear to be mandated by statute.  Therefore, this change is unwarranted, unworkable, untenable and unacceptable.  Please remove this condition from the final contract.”

Norton’s full letter is below.

Hugh J. Hurwitz
Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534

Dear Acting Director Hurwitz:

I request that this letter be included in the official record concerning Request for Proposal (RFP) 200-1270-ES, the five-year contract that will be awarded for a Residential Reentry Management Center in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.  This RFP is to replace or renew the contract currently held by Hope Village.

We understand that in the bidding process for this contract, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has now inserted a requirement that the winning facility accept all high-risk inmates, including sexual predators whose victims were children.  We must strongly contest this new decision to condition the contract on agreeing to accept child predators, even for facilities that may be located near schools, child care facilities and other places where children congregate.  Due to its high density, almost all locations in the District are within 1,000 feet of areas where children congregate.

Moreover, this new requirement appears to be a policy, not a statutory, decision.  The previous five-year contract awarded to Hope Village did not have this condition.  In the past, Hope Village agreed to accept sex offenders whose victims were adults.  In the District, we are not willing to accept the risk of housing sex offenders whose victims were children in residential neighborhoods where children congregate.  The decision regarding acceptance of all high-risk inmates, including sex offenders, regardless of their classification, does not appear to be mandated by statute.  Therefore, this change is unwarranted, unworkable, untenable and unacceptable.  Please remove this condition from the final contract.

Sincerely,

Eleanor Holmes Norton

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