Virtual CJAN Meeting: June 30

Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) Meeting - June 30, 6:00pm, Who's Who in the 2D Public Safety Community?
Community Justice Advisory Network MEETING (via ZOOM)
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 6:00pm
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This CJAN is designed to inform our Second District community constituents of the roles and responsibilities of several criminal justice entities that work within the Second District. The following agencies have been invited to present at this meeting:

  •  Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
  • Pretrial Services Agency (PSA)
  • The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (USAO-DC)
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)

The Point of Contacts for the virtual event will be:

Trina Stewart
Supervisory Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Specialist
Trina.Stewart@csosa.gov
240-882-6226

Donice Adams
USAO-DC Second District Community Outreach Specialist
Donice.Adams@usdoj.gov
202-815-8732

If you have any questions, please free to contact either Ms. Stewart or Ms. Adams.  We thank you in advance for your consideration in joining us on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6pm.

Virtual CJAN Meeting: June 11

Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) Meeting - June 11, 2:00pm, Navigating Employment & Training Challenges
Community Justice Advisory Network MEETING (via ZOOM)
Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 2:00pm
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FOIA | EXEMPTIONS & EXCLUSIONS

The Freedom of Information Act generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

Exemptions

Exemption 1 – Protects from disclosure information that has been deemed classified “under criteria established by an Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy” and is “in fact properly classified pursuant to such Executive order.”

Exemption 2 – Protects records related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency.

Exemption 3 – Protects information exempted from release by statute.

Exemption 4 – Protects trade secrets and commercial or financial information which could harm the competitive posture or business interests of a company.

Exemption 5 – Protects the integrity of the deliberative or policy-making processes within the agency by exempting from mandatory disclosure opinion, conclusions, and recommendations included within inter-agency or intra-agency memoranda or letters.

Exemption 6 – Protects information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy of the individuals involved.

Exemption 7 – Protects records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes the release of which could reasonably be expected:

7(A) – to interfere with enforcement proceedings.

7(B) – would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication.

7(C) – to constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of a third party/parties (in some instances by revealing an investigative interest in them).

7(D) – to disclose the identity/identities of confidential sources.

7(E) – would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.

7(F) – to endanger the life or physical safety of an individual.

Exemption 8 – Protects information that is contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of an agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions.

Exemption 9 – Protects geological and geophysical information and data, including maps, concerning wells.

Exclusions

Congress has provided special protection in the FOIA for three narrow categories of law enforcement and national security records. The provisions protecting those records are known as “exclusions.”

(c)(1) Exclusion

Whenever a request involves access to records described in subsection (b)(7)(A) and

a.  the investigation or proceeding involves a possible violation of criminal law; and

b.  there is reason to believe that

i.  the subject of the investigation or proceeding is not aware of its pendency, and

ii.  disclosure of the existence of the records could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings, the agency may, during only such time as that circumstance continues, treat the records as not subject to the requirements of this section.

(c)(2) Exclusion

The second exclusion applies to a narrower situation, involving the threatened identification of confidential informants in criminal proceedings.

Whenever informant records maintained by a criminal law enforcement agency under an informant’s name or personal identifier are requested by a third party according to the informant’s name or personal identifier, the agency may treat the records as not subject to the requirements of the FOIA unless the informant’s status as an informant has been officially confirmed.

(c)(3) Exclusion

The third of these special record exclusions pertains only to certain law enforcement records that are maintained by the FBI.

Whenever a request is made which involves access to records maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, or international terrorism, and the existence of the records is classified information as provided in Exemption 1, the Bureau may, as long as the existence of the records remains classified information, treat the records as not subject to the requirements of the FOIA.

Getting a Second Chance Requires a Community Effort

April is nationally recognized as Second Chance Month, a time when the nation recognizes the obstacles that formerly incarcerated people face when returning to the community. Second Chance Month also is an opportunity to recognize how CSOSA’s staff works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the Agency serves as a model community supervision agency that enhances public safety, reduces recidivism and supports the fair administration of justice through adhering to its guiding principles, “Community, Accountability, and Justice.” This work can only be done with the support of the community and our partners.

Even for those who have never been involved with the criminal justice system, family can serve as a significant source of support. This is especially true for those under supervision. Some of CSOSA’s most important partners are the family members of those under our supervision.

Returning citizens, as well as CSOSA’s Community Supervision Officers, view their families as members of the community of support needed to ensure that they successfully complete supervision and make the most of their second chances.

“Family support is very important. There are a lot of barriers that returning citizens face when they come home,” says Community Supervision Officer (CSO), Lorraine Smith. “Transportation, housing and financial support are the types of support that family members provide to returning citizens.”

In the case of Ms. Kyonna F. Brown, who served four years in a maximum security prison, being able to maintain connections and support from her family and secure a strong support network was the difference between freedom and re-incarceration.

“I had written down my goals and had a plan, and even with being the resilient person that I am, I still I would not have the success that I have had without the support of my family,” says Brown. “Having support for housing, transportation, finances and mental health was essential to my becoming the person that I am today.”

Family members also provide structure and accountability that some under supervision credit as their source of strength and what deters them from returning to criminal behaviors. “Helping to create a prosocial environment where there is open communication and partnerships between the family, the CSO and supervised individual can help them avoid returning to old behaviors that may have led to incarceration,” says CSO Smith. “The more support a returning citizen has, the better chances they have of success and that support is primarily from the family.”

The willingness of families to partner with CSOSA and be a part of the community supporting their loved one helps provide accountability and ensure that the terms of their release are being met, ultimately leading to successful completion of supervision. “My life stopped when I was arrested at 21,” says Ms. Brown. “When I was released from prison, I wanted to pick up where I left off, but having that extra push and encouragement from family can make you turn away from committing a crime. I found that having support from family was much stronger than the support from those who might be just getting to know me.”

After overcoming incarceration and successfully completing supervision, Ms. Brown is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker and life coach, helping women become emotionally and mentally stronger. “I had to surround myself with people who were doing what I wanted to do and remind myself of where I had come from and where I did not want to go back to,” she says. “It’s okay to move on, it’s okay to thrive and grow.”

Virtual CJAN Meeting: May 6

Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) Meeting - May 6, 1:30m - 2:30pm, Session #3: Citizenship Rights and the 2020 Census, facebook.com/dccsosa

CSOSA’s Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs (OLIPA) in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia (USAO) cordially invite you to our “virtual” Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) meeting. Please join us via Facebook Live on May 6 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm:  https://www.facebook.com/DCCSOSA/

Virtual CJAN Meeting: Apr 29

Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) Meeting - April 29, 1:30m - 2:30pm, Session #3: Domestic Violence in DC, facebook.com/dccsosa

CSOSA’s Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs (OLIPA) in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia (USAO) cordially invite you to our “virtual” Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) meeting. Please join us via Facebook Live on April 29 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm:  https://www.facebook.com/DCCSOSA/

Virtual CJAN Meeting: Apr 22

Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) Meeting - April 22, 1:30m - 2:30pm, Session #2: Sexual Assault: A Dialogue, facebook.com/dccsosa

CSOSA’s Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs (OLIPA) in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia (USAO) cordially invite you to our first “virtual” Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) meeting. Please join us via Facebook Live on April 22 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm:  https://www.facebook.com/DCCSOSA/

New Supervision Data

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) relies on data in order to provide evidence-informed and evidence-based supervision to justice-involved individuals in the community. These data are integral to measuring our progress towards our strategic goals. Specifically, working to reduce recidivism by targeting criminogenic risk and needs using innovative and evidence-based strategies; integrating offenders into the community by connecting them with resources and interventions; strengthening and promoting accountability by ensuring offender compliance and cultivating a culture of continuous measurement and improvement; and supporting the fair administration of justice by providing timely and accurate information to criminal justice decision makers.

Take a closer look at our factsheets (recently updated with fiscal year 2019 data) to learn more about the agency, the demographics of our supervised population, the criminogenic and stabilization needs of those we supervise, and the various types of community supervision.

GUIDANCE

This section of the Web site provides information about CSOSA guidance documents and requirements concerning our use of them.

Overview – The term “guidance” is often used to refer to nonlegislative rules – that is, interpretations and policy statements. Guidance documents can be generally applicable – that is, they are intended to provide interpretations or policy statements that are applicable to the general public. They can also apply only to a particular party or parties. As such, contents of the posted documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

In accordance with Executive Order 13891 and OMB M-20-02: Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891, titled “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents” (OMB Memorandum M-20-02), CSOSA’s final rule on the Guidance Development Procedures is published in the Federal Register.

List of CSOSA Guidance Documents
A list with information about all of CSOSA’s guidance documents that are currently in effect.

Public Feedback on CSOSA Guidance Documents
Procedures for public feedback or comments on any CSOSA guidance documents.

GUIDANCE | Guidance Documents

In accordance with Executive Order 13891 and OMB M-20-02: Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891, titled “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents” (OMB Memorandum M-20-02), following is a list with links to CSOSA’s guidance documents that are currently in effect.  You may access those documents by clicking on the links provided below.

Disclaimer:
The contents of the posted documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

Guidance Management:
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) is engaged in on-going efforts to finalize new or amend existing guidance documents to consolidate where appropriate and eliminate redundancies.  These on-going efforts may result in elimination of some and addition of other guidance documents to this public portal in the next submission update.

CSOSA Guidance Documents