DC councilwoman proposes sweeping public safety bill as crime plagues district

A Washington, D.C., councilwoman introduced a sweeping crime bill that would combine several proposals and bills targeting public safety in the district, stating she wants the D.C. Council to move forward with it as soon as possible.

Councilwoman Brooke Pinto, chairwoman of the council’s Judiciary and Public Safety committee, announced in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that she would be moving her “Secure DC” plan as omnibus legislation.

“Every day, I hear from residents, businesses, and visitors about their serious concerns on the state of public safety and violence in the district,” Pinto said, pointing to the “devastating” statistics released for 2023 that show total crime increased 26% and violent crime increased 39%. 

The biggest uptick in crime levels came from carjackings at 82%. Robberies increased 67% and homicides increased 35% since 2022. 

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