Archives for September 2012

Faith Based Initiatives for Offender Reentry-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-second television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Faith Based Initiatives for Offender Reentry.  The program is a combined effort of Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships of U.S. Department of Justice and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

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Current Television Program:

The program discusses the power and effectiveness of faith based efforts in community corrections from a national and local perspective.

Participants-first segment:

Eugene Schneeberg, Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Schneeberg assists the President’s National Fatherhood & Mentoring initiative, assists in the coordination of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and serves on the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Christine Keels, Supervisory Program Analyst and CSOSA Faith Based Initiative Team Leader

Participants-second segment:

 James Fulmer, CSOSA Faith Based Mentor

Artis Thomas, CSOSA Faith Based Mentee

Please see the website for the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Justice . Please see related social media below.

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’ 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 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 .

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 .

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
  2. A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry, see

The Louisiana Department of Corrections/Division of Probation and Parole is offering radio shows on offender reentry. Please visit their website at .

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services offers podcasts at .

The Minnesota Department of Corrections offers a YouTube channel at

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

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

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.