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The discretion that prosecutors already have in deciding which cases they recommend for deferred sentencing and other options prompted Ms. Sulton to also request that Mr. Mendelson add eligibility requirements to his bill that would outline specific instances in which administrative dispositions could be offered.

“It’s very unclear how the prosecutor’s office is choosing to extend these options to people in D.C.,” she said. “The way it has been applied thus far appears to be handled very arbitrarily.”