D.C. Council member Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6) has asked for a complete listing of all incarcerated District offenders as of June 30, along with their criminal records, in anticipation of community forums she wants held on the prison issue this summer.
Winter, who is seeking the information from the D.C. Corrections Department, has written separately to U.S. Attorney Joseph E. diGenova asking his help in obtaining the data.
"I think we need to know what we are talking about first," before making a decision on how to deal with the prison situation, Winter said yesterday.
More than 6,200 persons were incarcerated at District prison facilities and the D.C. Jail before the recent disturbances at Lorton Reformatory that resulted in some being transferred, according to Corrections Department figures.
Barry has proposed building a 700- to 800-bed drug treatment facility and prison in Southeast Washington by September 1989 and on late Monday submitted his prison timetable to the council, just before the council went into recess until Sept. 2. Barry has promised more details on Sept. 5.
Council member Wilhelmina Rolark (D-Ward 8), chairman of the council's Judiciary Committee and an opponent of the prison construction, has said she will have a public review of Mayor Marion Barry's prison plans on Sept. 10, the day after the city's primary election.
But Winter, whose ward includes the proposed prison site and who opposes construction there, has chastised the council for inaction and now appears to be trying to get community debate started on the issue without Rolark. Once she gets the information, Winter said she would turn it over to a Ward 6 task force and urge it to hold community meetings.
Rolark has indicated that she intends to hold a roundtable on the issue rather than a hearing, and a community forum would ensure that more citizens are heard, Winter said. The roundtable process gives a chairman more control over who appears, according to council staff members.
The council has a strong committee chairman system, and rarely have other members been able to circumvent a chairman on an issue, according to council members and staff members.
T.J. Reardon III, principal assistant U.S. attorney, said yesterday that the U.S. attorney's office has urged the District for years to put together a prisoner profile and would try to assist Winter's effort.