Successful Reentry Through Employment

The topic for the 36th TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is, “Successful Reentry through Employment.”

Employment is vital to the reentry process. We also acknowledge that there is reluctance for some employers to hire CSOSA clients. The question is; what can be done to entice more employers to consider people on supervision?

The challenge for CSOSA is to inform the community of VOTEE (CSOSA’s employment and education unit), our dedication to employer satisfaction, and the fact that we have clients who are skilled, trustworthy and reliable.

The program explores why employers hire people under supervision and the benefits to themselves and society.


The host is Nancy M. Ware, Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Participant-first segment:

Deborah A. Carroll, Director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services

Participants-second segment:

Marianne Ali, Director of Training, DC Central Kitchen

Omar McIntosh, CEO, Perennial Construction

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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).

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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.


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.

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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’ 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

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 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 .

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
  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 .

The Facebook page for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections is

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Facebook Page is . The Twitter page is .

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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 ( 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

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

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