General supervision teams supervise the majority of probation and parole offenders in the District of Columbia. The average caseload is approximately 50 active and monitored cases per Community Supervision Officer (CSO). This 50:1 caseload ratio is among the lowest in the country.
General Supervision is subdivided into three branches (Branches IIA, IIB, and VII). Supervision and monitoring of probationers and parolees is conducted by officers assigned to 16 general supervision teams (six teams in Branch IIA, seven teams in Branch IIB, and three teams in Branch VII) located in field units throughout the city.
CSOSA moved from a fortress-based supervision model that required the offender to report to the office for contacts, to a place-based geographic model that employs a mix of office visits and interaction in the community. These community contacts have resulted in a fuller understanding of the offender, through both direct observation of the offender in his or her daily environment and regular communication with those in the offender's social network.
CSOSA's neighborhood field offices enable community supervision officers to closely monitor offenders in the communities where they live. It also enhances partnership initiatives with the police and other criminal justice system agencies and allows supervision officers to develop relationships with the various treatment and support service providers in the community.
Supervising Criminal Offenders in Washington, D.C. (Published in Corrections Today, Feb. 2006)
French Delegation Visits CSOSA (CSOSA Newslink, Winter 2005)