Violence Reduction Program-“DC Public Safety”

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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.

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