Joel Caston was elected to serve on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in DC.
Caston received 35-years-to life for committing murder at the age of 18. He was also a drug dealer at the time.
Caston is currently still in jail but he is up for parole in December.
Voters in Washington, D.C., chose a convicted murderer who is still serving time in prison to serve on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
Joel Caston, who was elected commissioner for 7F07 in Ward 7, told the Washington Informer that things were “going well” and he has a new appreciation for elected officials.
“Working a few weeks as a commissioner makes me realize the hard work elected officials perform. It makes me respect public officials even more. As an elected official, you are navigating moving pieces. Plus, you are constantly meeting with your constituents and colleagues,” he said.
Caston has been behind bars since 1994 for first-degree murder; he