WASHINGTON — A three-member board charged with monitoring the condition of 9,000 District of Columbia inmates is operating again.

The D.C. Corrections Information Council didn’t have any members from 2005 to 2012. The Washington Post reports the three-member council is now operating again following appointments last year by Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council.

District inmates are housed in 100 different federal institutions as far away as California. More than 1,000 are more than 500 miles from the district. The council’s mission is to keep an eye on conditions facing those inmates.

Council chairwoman Michelle Bonner say the three-member panel does not have any enforcement power, but can only report what its members see.

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