Parole and Probation Officers and Their Contributions to Public Safety


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The American Probation and Parole Association offers, “Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week” every July. To promote the event and to provide insight as to the contributions of parole and probation agents (known as Community Supervision Officers in Washington, D.C.) we interviewed three guests from the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Kaitlin Forsha, Supervisory Community Supervision Officer, and Community Supervision Officers Jasmine Saint-Jean and Jaime Thompson.

Community Supervision and Pretrial Services Officers within the District of Columbia are highly educated, well-trained and responsible for high rates of successful supervision completions. All CSOSA and Pretrial Officers work hard to protect the public through advanced, evidenced based supervision and treatment endeavors. Through our employees, both agencies are recognized for their accomplishments and national reputations as leaders within the community supervision field.

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