Faith-Based Efforts to Assist Criminal Offenders-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 70,000 page views a month.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/03/faith-based-efforts-to-assist-criminal-offenders-dc-public-safety-radio/

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

Current Radio Program:

The program interviews Christine Keels, Program Manager, Faith-Based Initiative for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington, D.C. Joining Christien are Marvin and Julia (we are not using their last names) two offenders currently under supervision and participants in CSOSA’s faith-based efforts.

CSOSA’s faith program began in 2002 and has served approximately 2,000 offenders. There are currently 108 faith institutions  and 86 community organizations involved in the effort.

CSOSA’s faith-based effort introduced a wide array of programs to better assist participants including woman’s empowerment, relapse prevention, grief counseling, job coaching, parenting skills, family reunification, relationship restoration, housing assistance and a reintergration support group.

The website for CSOSA is http://www.csosa.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 requestors 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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Offender and Victim Advocacy: Is there a Middle Ground? DC Public Safety-220,000 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 200,000 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/2010/11/offender-and-victim-advocacy-is-there-a-middle-ground-dc-public-safety-220000-requests-a-month/

The program interviews the Rev. Bernard Keels, Director-University Memorial Chapel at the Morgan State University and mentor/facilitator of faith-based groups in Washington, D.C. Also interviewed was Anne Seymour, a nationally recognized expert in victim services and founder of Justice Solutions. The program addressed the intersection between offender and victim rights and discussed how it’s possible for both to be mutually supportive.

The website for Justice Solutions is www.justicesolutions.org. The website for Morgan State University is www.morgan.edu.

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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Berks County Reentry Success-DC Public Safety-NCJA-230,000 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/berks-county-reentry-success-dc-public-safety-ncja-230000-requests-a-month/

The show interviews Scott Rehr, Executive Director of the Berks County (PA) Community Reentry Program; Tim Daley, Criminal Justice Program Director for the Berks County Office of Court Administration and Warden George Wagner of the Berks County Jail System.

Program results: 69 percent of the participants have stayed out of jail and 64 percent are employed.

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) produced this program. NCJA seeks exemplary programs that significantly improve the administration of justice. The Berks County program received an award from NCJA.

The web site for the National Criminal Justice Association is www.ncja.org. the website for the reentry program is www.berksconnections.org.

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

Terms: Berks County, reentry, Berks Connections, jails, courts

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Relapse Prevention and Drug Treatment–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 170,000 requests per 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/relapse-prevention-and-drug-treatment%E2%80%93dc-public-safety/

The show interviews Christine Keels, the Director of Faith-based Initiatives for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Tosha Chambers, one of three citywide faith-based coordinators for CSOSA and a group facilitator, and Jennifer Gaskins, who was once an offender under CSOSA’s supervision who now assists women in drug relapse prevention groups.

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

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