Film-Video Artists and Offender Reentry

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Current Radio Program: National Public Service Announcement on Reentry

The program interviews Gabriela Bulisova, Greg Upwall and Yavar Moghimi; all  are award winning filmmakers and photographers addressing offender reentry.

The program discusses the best method of addressing offender reentry for the general public from an artist’s point of view.

The artwork for this program was provided by Ms. Bulisova (and carries her copyright).

Upwall and  Moghimi are graduates of the George Washington University Institute of Documentary Film Making. They (plus others) created “Released to Life.”  The film won three first-place awards for documentary film making. The video is available at Snag films at http://www.snagfilms.com/films/blog/post/snagfilms_and_the_d_c_office_of_motion_picture_and_television_development_announce_winner_of_washingtons_best_film_competiti . Please see press release and  history of the video. The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency provided technical assistance.

The website for “Released to Life” is http://releasedtolifemovie.wordpress.com/ .

Upwall and  Moghimi are contemplating a national public service announcement on offender reentry in consultation with CSOSA. Those interested should contact them through the website above.

Gabriela Bulisova is an independent photographer and Instructor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. (see http://www.corcoran.edu/).

Bulisova has received numerous recognitions and awards, including: the National Press Photographers Association’s Short Grant for her project, Convictions, on formerly incarcerated women of Washington, D.C.; the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 18, for her documentary  project, Option of Last Resort, regarding Iraqi refugees in the United States; the Corcoran School of Art and Design Faculty Grant Award; the Aperture Portfolio Review Top Tier Portfolios of Merit; the CEC ArtsLink Projects grant; the Puffin Foundation Grant; the PDN Annual Photography Competition Winner in the Student Category; and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. Bulisova was a participant at the Eddie Adams Workshop for emerging photographers and a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Her website is http://gabrielabulisova.photoshelter.com/portfolio .

Her “INSIDE OUTSIDE” video is available at  https://vimeo.com/45435777 .

Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week:

The American Probation and Parole Association is celebrating “Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week”  July 15-21. See: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/Resources/PPCSW_12/ .

Special Announcements:

A top priority for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched yesterday by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council.

Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry. The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

Correctional Social Media:

The Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project  offers a video on research to reduce recidivism as well as brief  but powerful overviews of reentry and sentencing research. See http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=31336 .

The U.S. DOJ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships recently held two successful webinars on Faith and Community Based approaches to Reentry and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives.  Click the links below to watch/listen to these informative webinars.

Faith and Community Based Approaches to Responsible Fatherhood and its Impact on Delinquency Prevention

 A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry

The Louisiana Department of Corrections/Division of Probation and Parole is offering radio shows on offender reentry. Please visit their website at http://doc.la.gov/pages/reentry-initiatives/reentry-radio/ .

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services offers podcasts at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/podcasts.html.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov .

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barnes.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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