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D.C. group wants to clarify post-arrest procedures

Wednesday - 5/15/2013, 3:02pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- A District of Columbia nonprofit group is proposing the city clarify procedures for arrests on minor criminal matters in the city.

The Council for Court Excellence released its report Tuesday. The group says what happens after a person is arrested for minor crimes like walking a dog without a leash or having an open container of alcohol is not fully described in the D.C. Code.

The report says the current "post-and-forfeit" process, where a person pays a fee to stop the case from going forward, needs to be updated. It also says the description of a "citation release" process, where a person is released if they agree to appear in court, is insufficient.

Approximately 17,000 people were arrested and released under the processes in the last year.


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