Federal Court Holds that DC Must Provide IDEA Services to DC Residents in Federal Prisons

Our client brought a federal complaint against BOP and DC for failing to provide special education and a path to a high school diploma. On Friday, Judge Randolph Moss of the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order holding that DC is required to provide special education and related services to eligible District residents convicted of DC Code Offenses and serving a term of incarceration in a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility. This is the first time that a federal court has held that DC remains responsible for providing special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to its residents who are in federal facilities.