Hiring Offenders-What Works-National Institute of Corrections-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-first television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Hiring Offenders-What Works” and is a combined effort of the National Institute of Corrections (USDOJ) and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

The front page of the CSOSA website (http://www.csosa.gov) contains a section on hiring offenders including radio and television programs and information on tax credits and bonding programs. This is an attempt to engage the employment community in a discussion (crowd-sourcing). The offerings were the subject of a variety of media coverage including local and national television, radio, blog and newspaper reports.

Current Television Program:

The current television program focuses on “what works” regarding offender employment from a national and local perspective. The first half contains interviews with two experts from the National Institute of Corrections. The second half includes interviews with a CSOSA employment specialists and an employer who hires former offenders. All guests were asked to articulate specifics that are evidence based and proven successful.

Participants-first segment:

P. Elizabeth Taylor, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections

Constance Parker, Administrator of the Maryland Re-Entry Initiative with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation

Participants-second segment:

Tony Lewis, Employment Specialist, CSOSA

Furard Tate, Owner, Inspire Food Management

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.

The host is Leonard Sipes. The CSOSA producer is Timothy Barnes. The National Institute of Corrections producer is Donna Ledbetter.

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.



  1. Gary M. Morin says

    Are your videos captioned? They don’t seem to be (nor audio-described). The CAPTCHA is inaccessible (the form Tabs from Website to the Comment field and skips right over the CAPTCHA field.

  2. Hi Gary: Yes and we will offer captions soon as well as an mp4 file. Best, Len.

  3. The National Institute of Corrections suggests that CSOSA’s programming shows that evidence-based approaches were utilized and the outcomes were successful. Could you please provide charts, numbers etc other than the individuals that are speaking on the TV program. Unfortunately, what is concerning about CSOSA’s methodology is that the agency fails to ever provide a survey for the offender to evaluate their experiences. In fact CSOSA’s programming and tracking is only as good as the CSO and what they enter into the SMART system. If it is not entered and tracked it is like it never happened or existed. Please provide data, numbers, charts etc.

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