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

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

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DC Public Safety Radio won the 2015 awards for best podcast and best audio from the National Association of Government Communicators.

DC Public Safety Radio and Television won the Government Customer Service Community of Practice (Cgov) 2014 Overall Excellence and Best Use of Technology Awards.

DC Public Safety Television won two top awards for public affairs television in 2015 from DCTV and three additional first-place awards in 2014

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Corrections Monitoring and Reentry-DC Corrections Information Council-DC Public Safety Television

The topic for the twenty-fifth television show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is “Corrections Monitoring and Reentry.” The program is a combined effort of the D.C. Corrections Information Council and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

The portal site for “DC Public Safety” television, radio, blog and transcripts is

Transcript available at

Current Television Program:

The program provides an overview of the DC Corrections Information Council: It:

  • Discusses the formation and history of the CIC.
  • Addresses the legislative mandate of the CIC.
  • Discusses outreach and interaction with the D.C. community about the work of the CIC and D.C. residents who are incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the D.C Department of Corrections DOC.

Participants-first segment:

  • Michelle R. Bonner, Esq., Chair, CIC
  • Rev. Samuel Whittaker, Board Member, CIC

Participants-second segment:

  • Cara Compani, Esq., Program Analyst, CIC
  • Courtney Stewart, Chairman, The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens

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

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:

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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.