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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The transcript is available at .

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.


Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-eighth TV show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television is “CSOSA’s Young Adult Offender Program.”

Television Program:

The program provides an overview of CSOSA’s  young adult efforts based on national best practice standards. The program will discuss:

  • The findings of national best practice research.
  • How CSOSA chooses youthful high risk adult offenders based on risk instruments with a focus on violence, weapons, sex offenses, drug use and previous violations while under community supervision.
  • CSOSA efforts to focus on the treatment of young adults.
  • CSOSA efforts to focus on the supervision of young adults.

Participants-first segment:

  • Jim Cosby, Community Services Division Chief, National Institute of Corrections
  • Lisa Rawlings PhD, Special Assistant to the Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Participants-second segment:

  • Stephanie Thompson, Community Supervision Officer, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Christopher Barno, Treatment Specialist, 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’ 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 .

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 .

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 https

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 .

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at .

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

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.


Mental Health and Offenders

“Mental Health and Offenders” is part of the “DC Public Safety” television series.

Please see for our radio shows.

We welcome your comments and suggestions at

The program is offered by the Court Services and Offender
Supervision Agency, a federal executive branch entity in Washington,

“Mental Health and Offenders” provides an overview of Mental Health treatment programs and issues with the Offender Population.

The show is hosted by Leonard Sipes.

Transcript available at

Series Meta terms: crime, criminals, criminal justice, parole,
probation, prison, drug treatment, reentry, sex offenders, mental health.