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CSOSA's Mission

CSOSA's mission is to enhance public safety, prevent crime and reduce recidivism among those supervised and to support the fair administration of justice in close collaboration with the community. In the District of Columbia, eighty percent of pretrial defendants are released to the community and approximately 70 percent of convicted offenders serve some portion of their sentence in the community. As such, CSOSA's effective supervision of pretrial defendants and convicted offenders provides a crucial service to the courts and paroling authority and is critical to public safety.


Three strategic goals support CSOSA's mission:

The first goal targets Public Safety:

Decrease criminal activity among the supervised population by increasing the number of offenders who successfully complete supervision.

The second goal targets Reintegration:

Promote successful reintegration into society by linking offenders with preventive interventions to address identified behavioral health, employment and/or housing needs.

The third goal targets the Fair Administration of Justice:

Support the fair administration of justice by providing timely and accurate information to criminal justice decision-makers.


These goals shape CSOSA's vision for the District of Columbia and are the foundation of its programmatic activities. To translate these goals into operational terms, CSOSA has adopted six Strategies that define the key activities through which these goals will be achieved.

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Employment Information

As a Federal agency with a distinctly local mission, CSOSA employees perform challenging work that directly affects public safety in the District of Columbia's neighborhoods.