Successful Parole and Probation Practices

The topic for the 35th TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and the Office of Cable Television is “Successful Parole and Probation Practices.”

The program interviewed four directors of state parole and probation agencies to discuss best practices as it applies their state or counterparts nationally.

See transcripts at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/02/successful-parole-and-probation-practices/.

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

Participants-first segment:

Anmarie Aylward, Assistant Secretary, Community Corrections Division, Washington State Department of Correction

Reginald (Reggie) Hines, Deputy Director, Community Corrections, Oklahoma Department  of Correction

Participants-second segment:

Anne Precythe, Director, Adult Community Corrections, North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Gerald  Washington, Regional Operations Chief, Western Region, Virginia Department of Corrections

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

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. See conta.cc/1qiBV74 .

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 mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

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Mental Health and Recovery in Criminal Justice

The topic for the 32nd. television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television is “Mental Health and Recovery.”

The program provides an overview of mental health issues within the criminal justice system from experts from the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health, University Legal Services plus interviews with two CSOSA administrators/experts. The program addresses conditions in D.C. and throughout the country.

What are the lessons learned from research and application? What should society understand about mental health and recovery within the criminal justice system? What will lead to greater support of programs and resources for successful reentry?

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2016/02/mental-health-and-recovery/

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

Participants-first segment:

Stephen T. Baron, Director, D.C. Department of Behavioral Health

Tammy Seltzer, Director, Jail and Prison Advocacy Project, University Legal Services Protection and Advocacy Program for the District of Columbia.

Participants-second segment:

Thomas Williams, Associate Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Ubax Hussen, Social Worker, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

Welcome to “DC Public Safety” – Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders, and the criminal justice system.

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. See conta.cc/1qiBV74  .

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 mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov

 

 

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Police-Parole and Probation Cooperative Efforts-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-third television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Police-Parole and Probation Cooperative Efforts.”

The program is a combined effort of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and the US Marshal’s Service.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” television, radio, blog and transcripts is http://media.csosa.gov.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/12/cooperative-efforts-with-law-enforcement-dc-public-safety-television/

Current Television Program:

The program discusses cooperative efforts between parole and probation and allied law enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C.

Participants-first segment:

CSOSA Director Nancy M. Ware and Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief, Metropolitan Police Department

Participants-second segment:

CSOSA Director Nancy M. Ware and U.S. Marshal Michael Hughes

The host is Leonard Sipes. The CSOSA producer is Timothy Barnes.

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 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 State’s 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 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, seehttps://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 athttp://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 .

The Facebook page for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhode-Island-Department-of-Corrections/400377866663063

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Facebook Page is  http://www.facebook.com/cacorrections . The Twitter page is  http://twitter.com/cacorrections .

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 .

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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Supervision of High-Risk Offenders-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twentieth television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Supervision of High Risk Offenders”.

There is extensive research that parole and probation agencies should focus their efforts on offenders who pose an obvious risk to public safety. CSOSA embarked on two reorganizations in 2011, one focusing on women offenders (TV show filmed on February 16, 2011) and the other on high risk offenders; the focus of this production.

Multiple national research centers, such as The Urban Institute, Pew, and the US Department of Justice, suggest that parole and probation agencies focus their supervision and treatment resources on high risk offenders, as identified through objective, validated risk and needs instruments, while placing less emphasis on lower risk offenders through alternative methods of supervision.

The program intends to provide an overview of CSOSA high risk offender supervision and treatment efforts based on national best practice standards. The program will:

  • Discuss the findings of national best practices research.
  • Discuss how CSOSA chooses high-risk offenders with a focus on violence, weapons, sex offenses, drug use and previous violations while under community supervision.
  • Another focus will be on younger offenders in the 18-25 age bracket. CSOSA makes its judgments  on the totality of an offender’s violent criminal history, and not just on the offender’s current conviction. It is estimated that approximately one-third of CSOSA offenders will fall into the high risk category.
  • Discuss CSOSA efforts and programs created to focus on the treatment of high risk offenders.
  • Discuss CSOSA efforts and programs created to focus on the supervision of high risk offenders. These include identifying the right offenders to participate in existing efforts such as Accountability Tours, intelligence exchanges with law enforcement, GPS and curfews, services provided to offenders at our day reporting centers, and the reallocation of staff. Part of the reallocation of staff includes a new seven person warrant unit.
  • Discuss alternative methods of supervising lower risk offenders to include kiosks.

The first segment will be an overview of the national research findings pertaining to the high risk offender.

The second segment will focus on CSOSA practices as they pertain to the implementation of the high risk offender reorganization.

Participants-first segment:

  • Jesse Jannetta, Research Associate, The Urban Institute
  • William Burrell, Independent Community Corrections Consultant.

Participants-second segment:

  • Valerie Collins, Branch Chief, Domestic Violence, CSOSA
  • Gregory Harrison, Branch Chief, General Supervision, CSOSA

DC Public Safety:

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

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/.

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

The host is Leonard Sipes. The CSOSA producer is Timothy Barnes.

 

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