DC Council overrides Mayor Bowser's veto of controversial criminal code overhaul

D.C. Council has approved the controversial massive overhaul of the District's criminal code in a 12-1 vote, overriding Mayor Muriel Bowser's veto. 

In the letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson earlier this month, the mayor said she is "vetoing Bill 24-450, the ‘Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022’" because she believes the "bill does not make us safer."

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It's the first comprehensive revision of the capital city's criminal code since it was created by Congress in 1901. Councilmember Trayon White was the lone "no" vote.

While there was consensus on much of the 450-page bill, there was also concern over provisions to reduce maximum sentences, the elimination of nearly all mandatory minimum sentences and the expansion of the right to jury trials by those accused of misdemeanors.

D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III also opposed the bill's reduction of many sentences.

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The DC Police Union released a statement following the council's override saying in part:

"The Mayor is the only elected official listening to District residents on crime and violence. This law, once enacted, will lead to violent crime rates exploding even more than they already have. It’s reprehensible that the Council would smugly continue to support failed policies at the expense of the lives of our most vulnerable residents."

The full release can be found below: