Celebrating Public Service Recognition Week 2024

It’s Public Service Recognition Week! CSOSA is honored to celebrate and express gratitude to its employees for all they do. Celebrated the first full week in May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week honors the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local, and tribal government employees.

In a Proclamation on Public Service Recognition Week, President Biden said “Our Nation’s over 20 million public servants work hard to deliver for our families, communities, and country. Their work matters to people’s everyday lives: They keep neighborhoods safe and the buses running, and build futures for people in their hometowns. They are the lifeblood of our democracy, acting as brave first responders, election workers, and service members defending our country. This week, we recognize our Nation’s public servants, who do the humble yet critical work of keeping our country running.”

Each day, CSOSA employees make the decision to build a better District of Columbia and change people’s lives by working for this agency. The positive impact CSOSA has on individual lives and the community at large would not be possible without the effort of every team member in every area of the agency—whether they work with supervisees directly, or in a position that supports the functioning of the agency.

CSOSA Director Richard S. Tischner joins the heads of other federal agencies in recognizing the valuable contributions of those who have dedicated themselves to public service in the Public Service Recognition Week Co-Chair Letter.

Fiscal Year 2023 Supervision Data

 

CSOSA uses data to provide evidence-informed and evidence-based community supervision to the people under our jurisdiction. This data shows us the progress of our supervisees as well as our own progress towards our strategic goals.

We work to enhance public safety in the District of Columbia, help integrate supervisees into the community, promote accountability for ourselves and the people we supervise, and support the fair administration of justice.

Explore our latest infographic to see the data from fiscal year 2023 to learn more about our agency and the people we supervise. For a more detailed look at our FY2023 data, visit our Reports page to read our FY2025 Congressional Budget Justification and its related documents.

Success Story | Antoine Johnson

“I wasn’t a bad kid, but I made some bad choices that landed me in some terrible spots,” says Antoine Johnson. Those choices led to substance abuse, criminal activity, and ultimately incarceration.

Separated from his parents, Mr. Johnson began experimenting with alcohol and illicit substances at age 12. At age 16, he was caught in a stolen vehicle. Like many who have been in the juvenile justice system, Mr. Johnson became involved in the adult justice system.

After successfully completing CSOSA supervision, Mr. Johnson joined the agency as a Credible Messenger. The Credible Messenger program grants qualified individuals who go through the job application process and are accepted, the opportunity to work for CSOSA for a six-month term. Credible Messengers positions are open to those who have completed a period of probation, parole, or supervised release.

Credible Messengers use their prior life experiences to provide support to people under supervision—assisting current supervisees in articulating their goals and navigating systems to obtain services in the community. In turn, Credible Messengers receive valuable work experience that increases their employability and marketability for future career opportunities.

Watch the video to learn more about Mr. Johnson’s story and experience.

Celebrating Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

July 16-22 is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week! Now in its 23rd year, PPPS Week celebrates and honors the achievements of community corrections professionals nationwide.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) joins the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) in saluting the dedication and commitment of the individuals in CSOSA’s Office of Community Supervision & Intervention Services and Office of Behavioral Interventions, as well as the supervision professionals of our sister agency, Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA).

This year’s PPPS Week theme, Stronger Together, acknowledges that success is achieved through unity.  When supervision agencies, criminal justice organizations, and community partners align, our collective goals become more attainable. Together we can positively impact public safety and help justice-involved individuals reach their full potential.

CSOSA supervision staff do important, challenging work. They make meaningful, human connections with supervisees. They use evidence-based practices to develop individualized supervision plans for the best possible outcomes. They ensure supervisees have access to appropriate community-based services. CSOSA staff see potential and capacity for change in all individuals. Their hard work and perseverance transform lives and ultimately make the District a safer place to live, work, and visit.

To learn more about PPPS Week, visit APPA’s website.

Fiscal Year 2022 Supervision Data

Data is integral to providing evidence-informed and evidence-based community supervision to the people under our jurisdiction. Data informs our decision making and helps us track our progress towards our strategic goals.

We enhance public safety and reduce recidivism in the District of Columbia, help integrate the people we supervise into the community, promote accountability for ourselves and our supervisees, and support the fair administration of justice.

Take a closer look at our latest infographic with fiscal year 2022 supervision data to learn more about the agency, the demographics of our supervised population, the stabilization needs of those we supervise, and some of the ways we hold the people we supervise accountable.

For a more detailed look at our FY2022 data, visit our Reports page to read our FY2024 Congressional Budget Justification and its accompanying documents.

Success Story | Tarisha Settles

Tarisha Settles found herself moving in and out of the criminal justice system, a cycle fueled by her substance abuse. Like many justice-involved women throughout the nation, Ms. Settles is a mother. Although the vast majority of people involved in the criminal justice system are men, Ms. Settles was among the rising tide of women who have been incarcerated or subject to community supervision since the 1980s. Despite the 14-fold increase in the number of justice-involved women over the past four decades, much of the programming and interventions in the field remain focus towards men. Women are often left to navigate a system that was not built with them in mind and unprepared to address all their needs.

In September 2010, CSOSA launched our women’s teams to provide gender-responsive supervision services and address the challenges facing women under supervision. In furtherance of our mission, CSOSA’s approach to community supervision requires us to consider the whole person when creating and implementing an individualized supervision plan. Our community supervision officers consider a person’s criminogenic and stabilization needs. Our programming is designed to address a person’s criminogenic needs, which are directly related to criminality, such as substance use, anti-social associations and attitudes, and lack of achievement. We build strong relationships with other agencies and community partners to address the stabilization needs of the people we supervise. Stabilization needs are the non-criminogenic factors that may hinder the effectiveness of supervision programming if left unaddressed, such as unstable housing, untreated mental health issues, unemployment, and lack of education. Although some of these needs are common among many justice-involved individuals, some are more specific to women involved in the criminal justice system or present differently than in their male counterparts.

According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, “[g]ender-responsive and trauma-informed policies, practices, and programs recognize that women have distinct histories, pathways to offending, and experiences in the criminal justice system. These approaches address issues that may contribute to women’s involvement in the justice system, such as domestic violence, abuse, and victimization; family and relationships; trauma; and poverty, mental illnesses, and substance use disorders.”

Ms. Settles experienced supervision before and after our gender-responsive approach was implemented. Watch the video to learn more about her story and experience.