A Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victim Rights-NOVA-DC Public Safety

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This is radio show 171.

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Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2013/03/a-constitutional-amendment-for-crime-victim-rights-nova-dc-public-safety/

Current Radio Program: 

The program interviews Will Marling, Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).  The topic is a proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendment to protect victim’s of crime. The amendment is discussed within the context of recent mass shootings.

A NOVA video and  information on the topic is available at http://www.trynova.org/crime-victim/rights/proposedcvra/ .

The website for NOVA is http://www.trynova.org.

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 http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

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, seehttps://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 athttp://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 .

The Facebook page for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections ishttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhode-Island-Department-of-Corrections/400377866663063

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Facebook Page is  http://www.facebook.com/cacorrections .The Twitter page is  http://twitter.com/cacorrections .

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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Victim Rights in the Pretrial Process

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/victim-rights-in-the-pretrial-process/

Current Radio Program:

The program interviews Will Marling, Executive Director of the National Association for Victim Assistance and Tim Murray, the Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute. The topic is victim rights within the pretrial process.

Pretrial involves decisions as to releasing a person arrested (a defendant) or incarcerating the individual in a jail until the trial date. Pretrial release may involve bail based on money ordered posted by the court to prompt a defendant’s appearance (often with minimal or no supervision) at trial or release to a pretrial services agency who will supervise and/or drug test the defendant until the date of the trial.

Release decisions are made by a judge, often with input from court officials or a recommendation from parole and probation or pretrial service agencies. The principle issues involve the defendants perceived risk to public safety, the probability of appearing for trial and risks to victims.

The discussion involved the rights of victims regarding the decision to release and the process of supervision.

The District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency (part of the administrative structure of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) is considered to be one of the best pretrial service agencies in the country.

The website for the National Organization for Victim Assistance is http://www.trynova.org. The website for the Pretrial Justice Institute is http://www.pretrial.org. The website for the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency is .

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 <“mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov”>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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Offender and Victim Advocacy: Is there a Middle Ground? DC Public Safety-220,000 Requests a Month

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.

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

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2010/11/offender-and-victim-advocacy-is-there-a-middle-ground-dc-public-safety-220000-requests-a-month/

The program interviews the Rev. Bernard Keels, Director-University Memorial Chapel at the Morgan State University and mentor/facilitator of faith-based groups in Washington, D.C. Also interviewed was Anne Seymour, a nationally recognized expert in victim services and founder of Justice Solutions. The program addressed the intersection between offender and victim rights and discussed how it’s possible for both to be mutually supportive.

The website for Justice Solutions is www.justicesolutions.org. The website for Morgan State University is www.morgan.edu.

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

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