Virtual Supervision Intake Simulation: October 27, 2022

Join CSOSA on October 27, 2022 from 10am to 11:30am for a virtual supervision intake simulation as we continue our series of candid conversations about the supervision experiences of people who identify as LGBTQ+. We will follow the experience of a recently-sentenced supervisee who reports to CSOSA’s Reception and Processing Center for supervision intake.

CSOSA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). We believe that fidelity to these tenets is integral to positioning ourselves as a model community supervision agency that is recognized for positively impacting public safety.

Click here to view flyer [PDF].

You can participate in the virtual supervision intake simulation via Zoom:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619929685?pwd=TVFRWllnbkF4Z0dvUDFSSlB5VmFyUT09

( Meeting ID: 161 992 9685 | Passcode: CSOSA ).

If you have any questions, please contact events@csosa.gov or (240) 882-6226.

 

 

 

DEIA Strategic Plan

On June 25, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden issued an Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce (E.O. 14035). “As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government must be a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, where all employees are treated with dignity and respect,” President Biden said.

Pursuant to E.O. 14035, agencies must develop and submit a DEIA Strategic Plan that identifies actions to advance DEIA and remove any potential barriers to DEIA in the workforce. These plans include goals to advance DEIA initiatives in the agency workforce and culture with quarterly measures of progress.

The administration’s government-wide DEIA strategic plan sets out a roadmap for each element of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility with sample goals and strategies. It also encourages building on work in progress by leveraging existing inputs and data-gathering frameworks to develop top priorities, activities, and outcome measures.

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) for the District of Columbia and the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia are proud to release this joint Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan.

Joint Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan

Celebrating PPPS Week 2022

The third week of July marks Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week! For more than 20 years, the American Probation and Parole Association has called on the nation to honor the community corrections professionals who help keep our communities safe places to live, work, and visit.

The theme for PPPS Week is Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. CSOSA Director Richard S. Tischner said, “The work our supervision staff does is transformative—helping people under supervision make positive choices and change the trajectory of their lives. We must often rise to meet the challenges of dealing with difficult situations and circumstances to strive for change that is not guaranteed, may only come bit by bit, and might come without accolades. Still, we press on—holding ourselves and others accountable and working together to advance our critical public safety mission.”

This week especially, we thank the hardworking community supervision professionals in CSOSA’s Office of Community Supervision & Intervention Services and CSOSA’s Office of Behavioral Interventions for the fundamental role they play in changing the lives of people under supervision and advancing public safety in the District. We also celebrate the important work of the pretrial supervision professionals of our sister agency, the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. Our gratitude also extends to all staff at supervision agencies, especially the dedicated public servants at CSOSA and PSA, for making it possible for our community supervision professionals to provide effective and efficient service to the people under our jurisdiction and the community as a whole.

Read our news release for more information about how CSOSA is commemorating PPPS Week in the District.

Let's Celebrate PPPS Week 2022

The third week of July marks Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week! This decades-old celebration is a time for the District of Columbia and the nation to honor the community corrections professionals who help keep our community a safe place to live, work, and visit.

The theme for PPPS Week is Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. CSOSA Director Richard S. Tischner said, “the work our supervision staff does is transformative—helping people under supervision make positive choices and change the trajectory of their lives. We must often rise to meet the challenges of dealing with difficult situations and circumstances to strive for change that is not guaranteed, may only come bit by bit, and might come without accolades. Still, we press on—holding ourselves and others accountable and working together to advance our critical public safety mission.”

In speaking on this year’s PPPS Week theme, American Probation and Parole Association Executive Director Veronica Cunningham said, “Because of the challenges caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, now more than ever, trust and hope must be top of mind.” Cunningham added, “During the pandemic … you shifted your work models in the right ways to support, assist, and guide individuals under supervision. Your talent, compassion, and determination have been nothing less than praiseworthy.”

In the July 12 Congressional Record, the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s Delegate to the House of Representatives, lauded community supervision professionals who, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, “have found innovative ways to remain connected with the people they supervise and to continue guiding them in the interest of public safety.”

This week especially, we extend our immense gratitude to the hardworking community supervision professionals in CSOSA’s Office of Community Supervision & Intervention Services and CSOSA’s Office of Behavioral Interventions for the vital role they play in changing the lives of people under supervision and advancing public safety in the District. We also celebrate the noble work of the pretrial supervision officers of our sister agency, the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. Our gratitude also extends to all staff at supervision agencies, especially the dedicated public servants at CSOSA and PSA, for making it possible for our community supervision professionals to provide effective and efficient service to the people under our jurisdiction and the community as a whole.

 

Equity Action Plan

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is proud to release its first Equity Action Plan, supporting the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government equity agenda as set forth in Executive Order 13985 “On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.”

CSOSA provides community supervision to adults on probation, parole, and supervised release in the District of Columbia. Supervisees are part of the underserved justice-involved community and most are members of more than one underserved community. CSOSA’s mission requires it to continuously focus on advancing equity and eliminating administrative barriers to increase each supervisee’s opportunities to successfully complete supervision.

Since the issuance of Executive Order 13985, CSOSA has been hard at work examining its supervision policies and protocols in order to advance equity and identify and eliminate administrative barriers, particularly for the most vulnerable segments of its supervised population, including transgender women and other members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (LGBTQ+) community.

To learn more about these efforts, you can read CSOSA Director Richard S. Tischner’s Equity Statement, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity to learn more about the Administration’s Equity Agenda, and visit https://www.performance.gov/equity to learn more about government-wide equity efforts.

CSOSA Equity Action Plan per EO 13985

Supervision Survey / Encuesta de Supervisión

Have you completed probation, parole, or supervised release? Please share your experience with us. / ¿Ha completado su libertad condicional, libertad bajo palabra o libertad supervisada? Por favor háblenos de sus experiencias.

CSOSA is committed to providing everyone we supervise with access to programs, resources, and services to ensure a successful supervision experience. To determine if we are meeting this goal, we are evaluating our supervision process by asking former supervisees, particularly LGBTQ+ supervisees, to give us feedback about their supervision experiences.

Please share your experiences with us by calling (202) 585-7333*, emailing equity@csosa.gov, or visiting our short online form.

CSOSA tiene el compromiso de proporcionarle a todas las personas que supervisamos, acceso a programas, recursos, y servicios para asegurar una experiencia exitosa de supervisión. Para determinar si estamos cumpliendo con esta meta, estamosevaluando nuestro proceso de supervisión y le pedimos a los pasados supervisados, en especial a los supervisados LGBTQ+, que noscomenten sobre sus experiencias durante su supervisión.

 Por favor háblenos de sus experiencias. Llame al (202) 585-7333*envíe un correo electrónico a equity@csosa.gov, o acceda a este sitio web.

 

* If no one answers the phone, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned the next business day. / Si nadie contesta el teléfono, por favor deje un mensaje de voz y le devolveremos la llamada el próximo día laborable.

 

Virtual Town Hall

Join CSOSA on April 20 at 2pm for a candid conversation about the supervision experiences of people who identify as LGBTQ+.

As we strive to implement a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, we want to hear from people in the LGBTQ+ community who have been under CSOSA supervision and the organizations that serve them. In addition to hearing directly from this community, we are excited to share some of the work we have been doing behind the scenes.

You can participate in the virtual town hall via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1603292629?pwd=WTFYUUFXc3EwYmFJeWh3VkFkTFRMQT09

( Meeting ID: 160 329 2629 | Passcode: DIVERSITY ).

If you have any questions, please contact events@csosa.gov or (240) 882-6226.

 

 

 

2021 Supervision Data

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) relies on data to provide evidence-informed and evidence-based community supervision to the people under our jurisdiction. We use these data to chart our progress towards our strategic goals. Specifically, we work to promote public safety and reduce recidivism by targeting criminogenic risk and needs using innovative and evidence-based strategies; integrate supervisees into the community by connecting them with resources and interventions; strengthen and promote accountability by ensuring offender compliance and cultivating a culture of continuous measurement and improvement; and support 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 2021 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.