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Tammy Seltzer, '96 on WAMU, Calls for Helping DC Halfway House Prisoners

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Tammy Seltzer, '96, Director of the D.C. Jail & Prison Advocacy Project at University Legal Services, spoke to WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio about men in D.C.'s federal halfway house, “There are a lot of hungry people in there, and people who are very anxious and scared about what’s going on there and that they’re not safe.”  (See below photo for how to help!)

Hope Village Halfway House

To help, Tammy suggests: 

1) definitely call the Mayor and Eleanor Holmes Norton,

2) donate money to her organization or others, and

3) donate supplies today or tomorrow. The drop-off for Hope Village supplies is today and tomorrow at:

Voices for a Second Chance
1422 Massachusetts Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Thursday 9am-3pm
Friday 9am- 3pm

Call them at 202 544 2131

Items needed include:

hand sanitizer
tooth paste
tooth brushes
feminine products (tampons specifically)
disinfecting wipes
bottled water
under garments
wash cloths/hand towels
granola bars
potato chips
other non-perishable snacks and food

Tammy also highly recommends those chicken and tuna salad cracker snack packs. "They’re filling and a lot of our clients like them. Giant sells them."

She also says if you call the mayor, ask her to

1) pressure BOP to conduct proper oversight of the halfway houses,
2) release DC residents from jail and the halfway houses who are at risk and those who are there for technical violations,
of parole or low level charges, and 
3) identify temporary housing for people coming out of jail, prison, and halfway houses.

Thank you!

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