An Interview with Adrienne Poteat, Retiring Deputy Director, CSOSA

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The program interviews Adrienne R. Poteat, the Deputy Director for Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, (CSOSA). Ms. Poteat announced her retirement in December of 2013.  CSOSA is responsible for supervising adults on probation, parole and supervised release in the District of Columbia.

Ms. Poteat has 40+ years of law enforcement experience. In 1975, Ms. Poteat became the first female Correctional Officer hired in the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.  Her career with the DC Department of Corrections quickly expanded from Case Manager, Unit Manager to Deputy Warden of the Maximum Security Facility which became the first to achieve its national accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA).   She was promoted to Warden of the Correctional Treatment Facility.   Ms. Poteat also served as Deputy Director for the Department of Corrections and managed eleven correctional institutions and five key correctional program areas.

Ms. Poteat left the Department of Corrections and began working with the U.S. Parole Commission as a Hearing Examiner.  In 2002, she was selected for her current position as Deputy Director for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. She was acting Director for 3.5 years

Ms. Poteat has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career.  She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Hampton Institute.  Ms. Poteat  resides in the District of Columbia.

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