Successful Reentry Through Employment

The topic for the 36th TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is, “Successful Reentry through Employment.”

Employment is vital to the reentry process. We also acknowledge that there is reluctance for some employers to hire CSOSA clients. The question is; what can be done to entice more employers to consider people on supervision?

The challenge for CSOSA is to inform the community of VOTEE (CSOSA’s employment and education unit), our dedication to employer satisfaction, and the fact that we have clients who are skilled, trustworthy and reliable.

The program explores why employers hire people under supervision and the benefits to themselves and society.

Host:

The host is Nancy M. Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Participant-first segment:

Deborah A. Carroll, Director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services

Participants-second segment:

Marianne Ali, Director of Training, DC Central Kitchen

Omar McIntosh, CEO, Perennial Construction

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

See http://media.csosa.gov for the main page for DC Public Safety Television and Radio.

See transcript at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/03/successful-reentry-employment-transcript/

DC Public Safety Radio won the 2015 awards for best podcast and best audio from the National Association of Government Communicators.

DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of Technology Awards.

DC Public Safety Television won two top awards for public affairs television in 2015 from DCTV and three additional first-place awards in 2014

For FY 2013 through FY 2015, we recorded 218,700 unique visitors, 633,000 visits and 1,924,300 page views (excluding robot searches).

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

 

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Family Reunification and Reentry

The topic for the 31th. TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television is “Family Reunification and Reeentry.” The criminological community is increasingly focusing on family reunification as a method of reducing recidivism or return to prison.

The program provides an overview of programs to assist families and those incarcerated (or on community supervision) to reconnect and unify. Research strongly indicates that sustained and supportive contact with prosocial influencers and family members are crucial to individuals doing well upon return from incarceration.

The host is Leonard Sipes.

Participants-first segment:

Brenda Donald, Director, D.C. Department of Child and Family Services

Dr. Sheryl Brisset-Chapman, Director, National Center for Children and Families

Participants-second segment:

Tony Lewis, CSOSA Vocational Development Specialist, child of an incarcerated parent and community activist.

Vida Anderson, Board Chair, ScholarChips,

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

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

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

Television and radio programs are produced by Leonard Sipes and 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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Successful Reentry from Prison – DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the 30th TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and the Office of Cable Television is “Successful Reentry from Prison.”

The program provides an overview of the lives of four people who have successfully reentered society after spending time in prison. What are the lessons learned? What should society understand about their experiences that will lead to greater support of programs and resources for successful reentry?

The host is Nancy M. Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

Participants-first segment:
•Eddie Ellis, Activist
•Lashonia Etheridge-Bey of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen’s Affairs

Participants-second segment:
•Lamont Carey, President/CEO, LaCarey Enterprises, LLC
•Petrina Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Clean & Sober Streets

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

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

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

Television and radio programs are produced by Leonard Sipes and 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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Faith Based Initiatives for Offender Reentry-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-second television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Faith Based Initiatives for Offender Reentry.  The program is a combined effort of Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships of U.S. Department of Justice and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

We currently average 133,000 page views a month.

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

The transcript for this television program is available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/09/faith-based-programs-for-offender-reentry-dc-public-safety-television-show/ .

Current Television Program:

The program discusses the power and effectiveness of faith based efforts in community corrections from a national and local perspective.

Participants-first segment:

Eugene Schneeberg, Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Schneeberg assists the President’s National Fatherhood & Mentoring initiative, assists in the coordination of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and serves on the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Christine Keels, Supervisory Program Analyst and CSOSA Faith Based Initiative Team Leader

Participants-second segment:

 James Fulmer, CSOSA Faith Based Mentor

Artis Thomas, CSOSA Faith Based Mentee

Please see the website for the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Justice  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fbnp/index.htm . Please see related social media below.

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.pewstates.org/projects/public-safety-performance-project-328068 .

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.

  1. Faith and Community Based Approaches to Responsible Fatherhood and its Impact on Delinquency Prevention, see https://bjatraining.org/2012/04/10/faith-and-community-based-approaches-responsible-fatherhood-and-its-impact-delinquency
  2. A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry, see https://bjatraining.org/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 .

The Minnesota Department of Corrections offers a YouTube channel at http://m.youtube.com/user/minnesotadoc

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at mailto: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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