Investigations, Diagnostics and Evaluations
CSOSA is committed to providing accurate and timely information and meaningful recommendations to criminal justice decision makers in order to assist them in determining appropriate dispositions for the offenders and/or inmates under their charge.
Branch I, the Investigations, Diagnostics and Evaluations Branch of Community Supervision Services (CSS), is responsible for conducting Interstate, Pre-Release, Pre-and Post-Sentence Investigations and other specialized reports of offenders as requested by the D.C. Superior Court (DCSC), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC) and states participating in the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision agreement. These specialized investigations provide important information to criminal justice system authorities that must consider offender criminal and social histories in determining sentencing alternatives, treatment plans, special conditions of release, supportive services and in making institutional classification decisions.
The Investigations, Diagnostics and Evaluations Branch also investigates home and employment plans and makes recommendations to accept offenders who desire to relocate to the District of Columbia to complete their term of community supervision.
Branch I also includes CSOSA's Transitional Intervention for Parole Supervision (TIPS) Program. It is the responsibility of the TIPS Program to perform a wide range of diagnostic services, including the investigation of Institutional Pre-Release plans for offenders who are due to be released from incarceration and be reintegrated into the community-at-large.
TIPS staff also conduct investigations on parolees and probationers requesting transfer of supervision from another jurisdiction to the District of Columbia, as well as those previously sentenced in the District of Columbia Superior Court requesting to relocate back to Washington, D.C., through the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. In addition, TIPS staff cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the United States Parole Commission (USPC) in matters relating to offender release, placement, treatment and alternative housing.
The TIPS Program is the central CSOSA consultative resource in dealing with various Federal and local law enforcement agencies in the processing of pre-and post-release investigations.
Role of CSOs in Investigations, Diagnostics, and Evaluation Resources Branch (IDERB) (CSOSA Newslink, August 2003)
Returning from Prison to Washington, D.C. - "We Make Transitions Possible" (Journal of Community Corrections, Fall 2006)