Pretrial Supervision and Treatment-DC Public Safety Radio

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system. We currently average 75,000-90,000 page views a month.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” is http://media.csosa.gov.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/03/pretrial-supervision-and-treatment-dc-public-safety-radio/

Current Radio Program:

The program interviews Terrence D. Walton, Director of Treatment and Michael McGuiness, Deputy Director of Treatment for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. “Pretrial” is an independent agency within the administrative structure of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. Both are federal executive branch agencies in Washington, D.C.

The focus of the program is the necessity of treatment in the pretrial supervision of defendants.

The website for Pretrial is http://www.psa.gov.

Special Announcements:

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 .

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/ .

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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Kentucky’s Recidivism Rate Hits 10-year Low–”DC Public Safety”

Welcome to DC Public Safety – Radio and Television shows on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.

See http://media.csosa.gov for our television shows, blog and transcripts.

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

The program interviews J. Michael Brown, the Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for the state of Kentucky. The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has a combined law enforcement and corrections mission.

Kentucky has been the recipient of state and national news coverage regarding a restructuring of the state’s criminal justice system. The Wall Street Journal on March 5, 2011 stated that changes include “…increasing spending on rehabilitation programs and intensive drug testing. The law also reduces penalties for many drug offenses…”

The Louisville Courier-Journal stated on March 3, 2011 that enabling legislation …”passed the House and Senate with only one dissenting vote in the House.”

The Bowling Green Daily News on January 8, 2011 declared in a headline,”State’s Two-Year Recidivism Rate Hits 10-year Low.”

We interviewed Secretary Brown as to the progression of analysis to implementation to results.

The website for Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for the state of Kentucky is www.justice.ky.gov

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

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2011/05/kentuckys-recidivism-rate-hits-10-year-low-dc-public-safety/

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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Drug Courts in Washington, D.C. “DC Public Safety”

Welcome to DC Public Safety – Radio and Television shows on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.

See http://media.csosa.gov for our television shows, blog and transcripts.

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

The program interviews Carline Claudomir and Amanda Rocha, both Community Supervision Officers (known elsewhere as parole and probation agents). Both addressed probation drug court in Washington, D.C. The Superior Court of the District of Columbia operates drug courts in D.C. See http://www.dccourts.gov/.

Drug court in D.C. involves offenders on probation with substance abuse backgrounds. The program offers treatment and an array of additional programs. Problems during supervision mandate immediate intermediate sanctions (including incarceration for short periods of time). Successful completion of the program could result in early termination of probation.

There is a pretrial version of drug court via CSOSA’s sister agency; the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency. Both are federal, executive branch agencies.

For additional information on drug courts, see www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/enforce/drugcourt.html

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2011/01/drug-courts-in-washington-d-c-%e2%80%9cdc-public-safety%e2%80%9d/

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

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

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Iowa Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project-NCJA-DC Public Safety

Welcome to DC Public Safety – radio and television shows on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.

See http://media.csosa.gov for our television shows, blog and transcripts. We now average 200,000 requests a month.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2010/05/iowa-jail-based-substance-abuse-treatment-project-ncja-dc-public-safety/

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

The program interviews:

  • Lonnie Cleland, Program Planner, Iowa Department of Public Health, Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project Coordinator
  • Leesa McNeil, District Court Administrator in Woodbury County, Iowa
  • Kim Brangoccio. Clinical Director, United Community Services

The state of Iowa has seen tremendous success in re-arrest, abstinence, and employment rates among offenders following the implementation of a four-county Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project (J-BT Project). The program is designed to treat problems associated with both substance abuse and criminal thinking.

In the last six years, the project has served 2,006 patients. Of the ex-offenders who successfully completed treatment and were interviewed 12 months following their admission, 78.5 percent were clean, 91.9 percent had not been arrested, and 68.2 percent were employed full time.

The website for the Iowa program is http://www.idph.state.ia.us/bh/substance_abuse_jail.asp.

The website for the National Criminal Justice Association is http://www.ncja.org.

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

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Alliance of Concerned Men-DC Public Safety-200,000 Requests a Month

Welcome to DC Public Safety – radio and television shows on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system.

See http://media.csosa.gov for our television shows, blog and transcripts. We now average 228,000 requests a month.

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2010/05/alliance-of-concerned-men-dc-public-safety-200000-requests-a-month/

The program interviews Tyrone Parker, the Executive Director of the Alliance of Concerned Men in Washington, D.C. The Alliance represents and advocates for former offenders. The Alliance also provides direct services such as gang violence intervention, efforts to promote responsible fathering, after school programs, absconder programs, life skills, substance abuse, leadership and other programs.

Mr. Parker states that the bottom-line of all efforts is public safety or the creation of a safer society. The website for the Alliance is www.allianceofconcernedmen.com.

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

Terms: previously incarcerated people, ex-offenders, offenders, public safety

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