Major recommendations for changes in the D.C. Department of Corrections suggested in the report include:

*The appointment of an outside manager to oversee the department and reform the District's penal system. The report says the manager should be guaranteed "political noninterference."

*An independent inspector of prisons should be appointed and should report directly to the mayor.

*Boards of inspection should be appointed for each prison and should report to the director of the corrections department.

*The highest priority should be given to relocating the city's female prisoners, most of whom are in federal institutions, within the District.

*Consideration should be given to soliciting offers from private corporations for operating a combined jail and prison for women in the District.

*A professional cost comparison should be done of department-run and private halfway houses, and consideration should be given to having private firms run the city's halfway houses.

*Lorton Reformatory's Youth Center No. 1 facility should be closed because of its proximity to a major garbage dump.

*Greater emphasis should be placed on drug detoxification programs instead of imprisonment, and the number of places in such programs should be doubled.

*The District's Sentencing Guidelines Commission should explore how sentencing might be linked to the capacity of the District's prisons.

*The city should study Georgia's intensive probation surveillance program with a view to adopting a similar program.

*The city should seek exemption from some current restrictions on prison industry at Lorton, and industrial activity should be expanded, perhaps in partnership with the private sector.