Mr. James D. Berry Jr. is the Deputy Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). In this capacity, he leads the agency’s 850+ federal employees who uphold the agency’s mission of enhancing public safety, preventing crime, reducing recidivism, and supporting the fair administration of justice in close collaboration with the community.
Mr. Berry has been in his current position since 2014; however, he has more than 30 years of experience in the District of Columbia’s criminal justice system. Immediately prior to joining CSOSA as its Deputy Director, he served as the Director of the Community Defender Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). In that role, he was responsible for overall planning, development, and management of PDS’ resources and services targeted to meet the reentry needs of indigent persons who were involved in criminal proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Specifically, he designed and created the PDS’ Community Reentry Initiative and was responsible for administering their Institutional and Juvenile Services programming. Mr. Berry’s relationship with CSOSA dates back to the year 2000 when he was employed as a Community Relations Specialist, coordinating outreach programming in the Office of Community Justice Programs.
Mr. Berry has had a long and distinguished history of civic activism. He served as the president of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc., for many years and he has been a member of the executive committee of the Council for Court Excellence. In the community in which he lived, he was the chairman of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission and, for six years, he served as chairperson of the citywide Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners’ Assembly. He was a charter member of the Washington DC Police Foundation and Mr. Berry is the incumbent chairperson of the Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Citizens’ Advisory Council.
At present, Mr. Berry is also a Mayoral Appointee to the DC Commission on Reentry and Returning Citizen Affairs and, among the many affiliations that stem from his current work at CSOSA, he is the agency’s representative on the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program as well as Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that is administered by the United States Attorney’s Office to address the problem of guns and gun violence in the city.
A native Washingtonian, James D. Berry Jr. has dedicated his life and career to public service and safety in the nation’s capital. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Villanova University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Berry is also an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the 140th Military Police Company.