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About CCRC


The CCRC is an independent agency comprised of five staff.

The CCRC Executive Director is Richard Schmechel. Mr. Schmechel is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s operations and legal work. He has co-taught a course on criminal law reform as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Law School and previously served several years as a Project Director at the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Reform Commission. Mr. Schmechel’s career in criminal justice began as a Soros Justice Fellow working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In addition, he has served several years as a political appointee to Commissioners at the U.S Commission on Civil Rights.


The CCRC has no vacant positions at this time.


Individuals interested in unpaid legal and research internships with the CCRC should email a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Internship application” to [email protected]. Internship opportunities may be available year-round.