The Revised Criminal Code Act passed unanimously by the D.C. Council won’t make residents safer. It hurts rape victims by creating a new right for rapists: the right to petition for early release.
I shared my concerns with the D.C. Council when its members were drafting the bill, but no one listened to me. I was told that the new right was proportionate and just. Yet none of them told me why it is just to support the early release of a rapist.
The D.C. Council’s refusal to justify the early release of rapists is perplexing given how its members all stated support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. One would have thought that support for the 2017 movement would have spurred them to support the opposite of what happened with the Revised Criminal Code. Sadly, it didn’t, so I support mayoral veto of the flawed bill.
K. Denise Rucker Krepp, Washington
The writer is an advisory neighborhood commissioner.