Iowa Reduces Recidivism–DC Public Safety Radio

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.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/02/iowa-reduces-recidivism-dc-public-safety-radio/

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The program interviews Lettie Prell, Director of Research, Iowa Department of Corrections and Jerry Bartruff, Deputy Director of Offender Services, Iowa Department of Corrections.

Iowa DOC reduced recidivism for key groups; specifically for mentally ill offenders, women and Afro-Americans.

The website for the Iowa DOC is .

The data downloads mentioned in the program are available at .

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.

“DC Public Safety” is offering statements of support in radio and television programs for  the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA) “Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week” throughout the spring and summer. The week is celebrated from July 17 to July 23. The website for the American Probation and Parole Association is http://www.appa-net.org .

The Louisiana Department of Corrections/Division of Probation and Parole is offering radio shows on 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 or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

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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Iowa Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project-NCJA-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 200,000 requests a month.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2010/05/iowa-jail-based-substance-abuse-treatment-project-ncja-dc-public-safety/

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

The program interviews:

  • Lonnie Cleland, Program Planner, Iowa Department of Public Health, Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project Coordinator
  • Leesa McNeil, District Court Administrator in Woodbury County, Iowa
  • Kim Brangoccio. Clinical Director, United Community Services

The state of Iowa has seen tremendous success in re-arrest, abstinence, and employment rates among offenders following the implementation of a four-county Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project (J-BT Project). The program is designed to treat problems associated with both substance abuse and criminal thinking.

In the last six years, the project has served 2,006 patients. Of the ex-offenders who successfully completed treatment and were interviewed 12 months following their admission, 78.5 percent were clean, 91.9 percent had not been arrested, and 68.2 percent were employed full time.

The website for the Iowa program is .

The website for the National Criminal Justice Association is http://www.ncja.org.

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

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