Faith-Based Efforts to Assist Criminal Offenders-DC Public Safety Radio

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

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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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