Comcast Interview with CSOSA Director Nancy Ware

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Comcast Newsmakers interviewed Nancy Ware, the Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA).

Please  see http://media.csosa.gov  for a full list of CSOSA radio and television shows. See the main CSOSA website at http://www.csosa.gov .

The transcript is available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2014/11/comcast-interview-nancy-ware/ .

Director Nancy M. Ware serves as the Agency Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). In that capacity she leads the agency’s 800 federal employees in providing community supervision for over 12,000 adults on probation, parole, and supervised release in the District of Columbia.

Nancy Ware has over three decades experience in the management and administration of juvenile and adult criminal justice programs on the local, state and national level.

Prior to assuming leadership of CSOSA, Ms. Ware guided the Agency’s compliance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA), focusing on strategic planning and performance measurement.

Her organizational experience includes serving as the first Executive Director of the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), where for eight years she developed the infrastructure to promote collaboration between the District of Columbia government and the executive and judicial branches of the federal government on critical public safety issues.

One of Ms. Ware’s proudest accomplishments at the CJCC was the development of the technical capability to support criminal justice information sharing among CJCC member agencies. Ms. Ware’s other professional experience includes serving as Director of Technical Assistance and Training for the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed Program and as Director of National Programs for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. Early in her career she also served as Executive Director of the Rainbow Coalition, Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Fund and Executive Director of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Youth Initiatives Office.

Nancy Ware is a native Washingtonian who has devoted her professional career to public service and has spent the last several years working to ensure that the nation’s capital remains safe for residents, workers and visitors, and that juveniles and adults who have become involved in the criminal justice system are provided opportunities to contribute and thrive.

Ms. Ware holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Howard University.

 

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Coordinating Justice-CJCC-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-sixth TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and the Office of Cable Television is “Coordinating Justice-The District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.”

The program provides an overview of cooperative efforts of federal and local criminal justice and government agencies and how they interact to protect public safety in the nation’s capital.

Television Program:

As an independent agency, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) for the District of Columbia is dedicated to continually improving the administration of criminal justice in the city.

The mission of the CJCC is to serve as the forum for identifying issues and their solutions, proposing actions and facilitating cooperation that will improve public safety and the related criminal and juvenile justice services for District of Columbia residents, visitors, victims and offenders.

The Goals for the Program are:

 Discuss systemic changes across the District’s juvenile and criminal justice systems through shared commitment and collaboration.

Evaluate and promote continuous improvements within the juvenile and criminal justice agencies in the District of Columbia.

Address communication among criminal juvenile and criminal justice agencies to eliminate duplication and maximize available resources

Participants-First segment:

  •  Nancy Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  •  Mannone A. Butler, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Participants-Second segment:

  •  Paul A. Quander, Jr., Deputy Mayor, Public Safety and Justice
  •  Mannone A. Butler, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2015/04/coordinating-justice-cjcc-dc-public-safety-television/

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 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 .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

Correctional Social Media:

The Pew Center on the State’s 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 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, seehttps://bjatraining.org/media/webinar/faith-and-community-based-approaches-responsible-fatherhood-and-its-impact-delinquency
  2. A Look at Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry, see httpshttps://bjatraining.org/media/webinar/look-faith-community-based-approaches-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://www.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 is https://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 mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov .

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

Television and radio programs are 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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Supervision and Treatment of Sex Offenders-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-fourth television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Supervision and Treatment of Sex Offenders.”

The program is a combined effort of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” television, radio, blog and transcripts is http://media.csosa.gov.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2013/03/supervision-and-treatment-of-sex-offenders-dc-public-safety-television/.

Current Television Program:

The program provides an overview of sex offender supervision and treatment strategies from a national and local perspective.

CSOSA adheres to state-of-the-art and evidence-based practices to both protect public safety and provide treatment strategies stabilizing the offender’s time in the community.

Participants-First segment:

 Thomas Williams, Associate Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Scott  Matson, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Participants-Second segment:

Dr. Celena Gates, Director of Treatment, Sex Offender Program, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Thomas Williams, Associate Director Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

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 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 .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

Correctional Social Media:

The Pew Center on the State’s 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 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/media/webinar/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/media/webinar/look-faith-community-based-approaches-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 is https://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 mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov .

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

Television and radio programs are 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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Police-Parole and Probation Cooperative Efforts-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-third television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Police-Parole and Probation Cooperative Efforts.”

The program is a combined effort of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and the US Marshal’s Service.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” television, radio, blog and transcripts is http://media.csosa.gov.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2012/12/cooperative-efforts-with-law-enforcement-dc-public-safety-television/

Current Television Program:

The program discusses cooperative efforts between parole and probation and allied law enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C.

Participants-first segment:

CSOSA Director Nancy M. Ware and Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief, Metropolitan Police Department

Participants-second segment:

CSOSA Director Nancy M. Ware and U.S. Marshal Michael Hughes

The host is Leonard Sipes. The CSOSA producer is Timothy Barnes.

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 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 State’s 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 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 is https://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 mailto:leonard.sipes@csosa.gov .

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

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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Supervision of High-Risk Offenders-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twentieth television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Supervision of High Risk Offenders”.

There is extensive research that parole and probation agencies should focus their efforts on offenders who pose an obvious risk to public safety. CSOSA embarked on two reorganizations in 2011, one focusing on women offenders (TV show filmed on February 16, 2011) and the other on high risk offenders; the focus of this production.

Multiple national research centers, such as The Urban Institute, Pew, and the US Department of Justice, suggest that parole and probation agencies focus their supervision and treatment resources on high risk offenders, as identified through objective, validated risk and needs instruments, while placing less emphasis on lower risk offenders through alternative methods of supervision.

The program intends to provide an overview of CSOSA high risk offender supervision and treatment efforts based on national best practice standards. The program will:

  • Discuss the findings of national best practices research.
  • Discuss how CSOSA chooses high-risk offenders with a focus on violence, weapons, sex offenses, drug use and previous violations while under community supervision.
  • Another focus will be on younger offenders in the 18-25 age bracket. CSOSA makes its judgments  on the totality of an offender’s violent criminal history, and not just on the offender’s current conviction. It is estimated that approximately one-third of CSOSA offenders will fall into the high risk category.
  • Discuss CSOSA efforts and programs created to focus on the treatment of high risk offenders.
  • Discuss CSOSA efforts and programs created to focus on the supervision of high risk offenders. These include identifying the right offenders to participate in existing efforts such as Accountability Tours, intelligence exchanges with law enforcement, GPS and curfews, services provided to offenders at our day reporting centers, and the reallocation of staff. Part of the reallocation of staff includes a new seven person warrant unit.
  • Discuss alternative methods of supervising lower risk offenders to include kiosks.

The first segment will be an overview of the national research findings pertaining to the high risk offender.

The second segment will focus on CSOSA practices as they pertain to the implementation of the high risk offender reorganization.

Participants-first segment:

  • Jesse Jannetta, Research Associate, The Urban Institute
  • William Burrell, Independent Community Corrections Consultant.

Participants-second segment:

  • Valerie Collins, Branch Chief, Domestic Violence, CSOSA
  • Gregory Harrison, Branch Chief, General Supervision, CSOSA

DC Public Safety:

Subscribe to “DC Public Safety” through iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dc-public-safety-video/id211867321?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 for video and http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dc-public-safety-audio/id211598412?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 for audio.

See http://media.csosa.gov for our radio shows, blog and transcripts.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/.

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

The host is Leonard Sipes. The CSOSA producer is Timothy Barnes.

 

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