National Recovery Month and Parole and Probation-DC Public Safety Radio

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This is radio show 162.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/11/national-recovery-month-and-parole-and-probation-dc-public-safety-radio/

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Current Radio Program: National Recovery Month and Parole and Probation

The program interviews Kevin Moore, Supervisory Treatment Specialist and Renee Singleton, Treatment Specialist, both of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and Ronald Smith, a graduate of a residential drug treatment program in Washington, D.C.

National Recovery Month  is an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) observance of National Recovery Month emphasizes our guiding principles in the value of partnerships with community organizations, local, and federal criminal justice agencies, city government, the faith community and individual citizens in promoting both successful reintegration and public safety.

CSOSA is a federal, executive branch providing parole and probation services to Washington, D.C. We supervise 16,000 people on supervision daily and 24,000 yearly. Ninety percent have histories of substance abuse. CSOSA is a research based, best practices agency.

This radio show examines the integration of SAMHSA best practices into the work of CSOSA.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov .

The website for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is http://www.samhsa.gov/ .

Special Announcements:

A top priority for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched yesterday by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at .

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 requesters 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 .

Correctional Social Media:

The Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project offers a video on research to reduce recidivism as well as brief but powerful overviews of reentry and sentencing research. See http://www.pewstates.org/projects/public-safety-performance-project-328068 .

The U.S. DOJ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships recently held two successful webinars on Faith and Community Based approaches to Reentry and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives. Click the links below to watch/listen to these informative webinars.

  1. Faith and Community Based Approaches to Responsible Fatherhood and its Impact on Delinquency Prevention, see https://bjatraining.org/2012/04/10/faith-and-community-based-approaches-responsible-fatherhood-and-its-impact-delinquency
  2. A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry, see https://bjatraining.org/a-look-at-faith-community-based-approaches-to-offender-reentry

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/ .

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services offers podcasts at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/podcasts.html.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections offers a YouTube channel at http://m.youtube.com/user/minnesotadoc .

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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Pretrial Supervision and Treatment-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 75,000-90,000 page views a month.

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

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/03/pretrial-supervision-and-treatment-dc-public-safety-radio/

Current Radio Program:

The program interviews Terrence D. Walton, Director of Treatment and Michael McGuiness, Deputy Director of Treatment for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. “Pretrial” is an independent agency within the administrative structure of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. Both are federal executive branch agencies in Washington, D.C.

The focus of the program is the necessity of treatment in the pretrial supervision of defendants.

The website for Pretrial is http://www.psa.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 requesters 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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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.

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

Current Radio Program:

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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Kentucky’s Recidivism Rate Hits 10-year Low–“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 welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

The program interviews J. Michael Brown, the Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for the state of Kentucky. The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has a combined law enforcement and corrections mission.

Kentucky has been the recipient of state and national news coverage regarding a restructuring of the state’s criminal justice system. The Wall Street Journal on March 5, 2011 stated that changes include “…increasing spending on rehabilitation programs and intensive drug testing. The law also reduces penalties for many drug offenses…”

The Louisville Courier-Journal stated on March 3, 2011 that enabling legislation …”passed the House and Senate with only one dissenting vote in the House.”

The Bowling Green Daily News on January 8, 2011 declared in a headline,”State’s Two-Year Recidivism Rate Hits 10-year Low.”

We interviewed Secretary Brown as to the progression of analysis to implementation to results.

The website for Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for the state of Kentucky is www.justice.ky.gov

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is www.csosa.gov.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2011/05/kentuckys-recidivism-rate-hits-10-year-low-dc-public-safety/

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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Violence Reduction Program-“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 welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov or at Twitter at http://twitter.com/lensipes.

The program provides an overview of the Violence Reduction Program at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). We interviewed Community Supervision Officer Tanesha Clardy, Treatment Specialist Michelle Hare-Diggs and a participant of the program (identified as “Zoe”).

The Violence Reduction Program is a four month effort involving men and women under CSOSA supervision. It provides group encounters to prompt people under supervision to restructure their reactions to incidents of potential violence. The program prompts behaviors that are non-violent thus preventing crime and lessening the chance of participants returning to the incarceration.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2011/01/drug-courts-in-washington-d-c-%e2%80%9cdc-public-safety%e2%80%9d/

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is www.csosa.gov.

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

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