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.

 

Fellowship Opportunities at CSOSA

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) is accepting applications for a fellowship program to provide new opportunities to people who have successfully completed a period of probation, parole, or supervised release. This program, similar to “Credible Messenger” efforts around the country, calls for the selected candidates to use their own life experiences to work with CSOSA’s supervision and treatment staff to assist offenders in a variety of ways, including goal-setting, social and emotional support, and decision-making. The program is part of a broader “Hire One” jobs initiative the agency launched in 2020 to better engage area employers.

We are accepting applications through April 26, 2022, for several temporary positions (GS-3 or GS-4). The new hires will be with CSOSA for up to six months, with the possibility of one six-month extension. These paid positions are expected to help those selected for the program move forward with their own careers, while helping others. The object is more than just employment. CSOSA also hopes to provide these temporary employees with the opportunity to enhance their skills and obtain vocational certifications that private employers may need.

As the President reaffirmed in his Proclamation on Second Chance Month, 2022, the Federal government must work to eliminate barriers to reentry, including by expanding opportunities for employment. This fellowship program, designed with support from the Office of Personnel Management, is consistent with that policy direction.

The job application can be accessed on USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/647157600.

Also see:  Fellowship Opportunities

CSOSA Celebrates PPPS Week 2021

Every July for more than two decades, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has celebrated Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week – 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.

CSOSA is pleased to join APPA again in recognizing the crucial work performed by our community supervision officers and the pretrial services officers of our sister agency, the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. Despite the challenges posed to the community at large over the last year and a half, our officers have remained compassionate, thoughtful, and dedicated to helping those under our supervision navigate the process successfully.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton remarked about the critical role community supervision professionals play in the lives of those involved in the criminal justice system. “They identify opportunities and services to help individuals successfully contribute to society, while, at the same time, holding them accountable for their actions. They remain always mindful of their role in ensuring public safety.” (Read Congresswoman Norton’s entry into the Congressional Record below.)

In her proclamation regarding PPPS Week 2021, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser noted that although “the COVID-19 health emergency declaration challenged all public serving offices, it also provided an opportunity for community supervision professionals to demonstrate their exceptional dedication, innovation, and ability to safeguard the public and remain connected to the men and women they supervise.” (Read Mayor Bowser’s proclamation below.)

We hope you will join us in thanking community corrections and supervision professionals here in the District and throughout the country for their positive contribution to public safety. We also would like to take a moment to recognize all of our staff, who make it possible for our supervision officers to efficiently and effectively supervise adults under our jurisdiction.  Together, all of us help the agency to achieve its mission, which is to enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, support the fair administration of justice, and promote accountability, inclusion and success through the implementation of evidence-based practices in close collaboration with our criminal justice partners and the community.

Second Chance Hiring

CSOSA has been working with the DC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to change the narrative around hiring people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. Many talented individuals struggle to find gainful employment because of their criminal record.

One out of every three adults in the United States has a criminal record. Employers are reluctant to hire people who have been involved in the criminal legal system, often based on preconceptions that a recent Koch Foundation study found to be untrue. In reality, these individuals are often valuable, dedicated, and dependable hires. Providing a second chance through gainful employment is a triple win – it helps the individual, the employer, and the community.

If you’re an employer interested in Getting Talent Back to Work, CSOSA encourages you to Hire One!

 

Fellowship Opportunities at CSOSA

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) is accepting applications for a fellowship program to provide new opportunities to people who have successfully completed a period of probation, parole, or supervised release. This program, similar to “Credible Messenger” efforts around the country, calls for the selected candidates to use their own life experiences to work with CSOSA’s supervision and treatment staff to assist offenders in a variety of ways, including goal-setting, social and emotional support, and decision-making. The program is part of a broader “Hire One” jobs initiative the agency launched in 2020 to better engage area employers.

We have extended the deadline and are now accepting applications through January 22, 2021 for five temporary positions (GS-3 or GS-4). The new hires will be with CSOSA for up to six months, with the possibility of one six-month extension. These paid positions are expected to help those selected for the program move forward with their own careers, while helping others. The object is more than just employment. CSOSA also hopes to provide these temporary employees with the opportunity to enhance their skills and obtain vocational certifications that private employers may need.

Through the First Step Act and other initiatives, the President has endeavored to make the transition from the justice system back into society smoother. This fellowship program, designed with support from the Office of Personnel Management, is consistent with that policy direction.

The job application can be accessed on USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/586643400.

Also see:  Fellowship Opportunities

Hire One

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) has launched “Hire One,” a new campaign to directly connect area employers with a pool of talented people who are ready, able and eager to work: justice-involved men and women who hope to get a second chance.

The “Hire One” initiative aims to team employers with an untapped and under-utilized talent pool. CSOSA supervises thousands of people on probation, parole or supervised release in the District of Columbia. Gainful employment is the cornerstone of stability and growth. Too often those that have been justice-involved are marred by their past transgressions. The path towards redemption and restoration starts with an opportunity.

Businesses that have hired CSOSA referrals have praised the commitment and loyalty these new employees bring to the workplace. Now, in an expansion of its longstanding job placement efforts, CSOSA is asking area employers to commit to hiring one of the Agency’s referrals, confident that they’ll be asking for even more new candidates once they do.

“Our Agency has the talent pool, training resources and partnerships to provide employers with the right match,” said CSOSA Director Richard Tischner. “We have a proven track record of placing people in all kinds of work, with men and women of all skill levels. We will be partners throughout the ‘Hire One’ process and follow up afterwards to make sure all needs are met. The result is a win-win for everyone, benefiting the employer, the new hire, and the community.”

Director Tischner announced the program on October 1, at the annual conference of the D.C. chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). CSOSA has been working with SHRM and its nationwide “Getting Talent Back to Work” initiative. At the conference, CSOSA premiered a “Hire One” video as part of a panel discussion featuring some of its many partners.

The outreach to SHRM is part of a broader effort in which Director Tischner and other CSOSA leaders will meet with businesses throughout the D.C. area to recruit them into the program.

SHRM has been a leader in second chance hiring. In his keynote remarks to the conference, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., thanked the D.C. chapter’s HR professionals for the work they’ve already done on this issue, adding that it the cause is “near and dear to my heart.”

“We need great workers,” Mr. Taylor said, adding that “people make mistakes” and deserve another chance. “We know we can make a difference for our community, these individuals, and their families,” he said.

More information about CSOSA’s Hire One initiative can be found in a brochure, “Hire One: A Call to Action,” as well as in a one-page Hire One Fact Sheet. Questions also can be directed to Vocational Development Coordinator Tony Lewis at 202-369-0775 or tony.lewis@csosa.gov.

Fellowship Opportunities at CSOSA

CSOSA is now accepting applications for a fellowship program to provide new opportunities to people who have successfully completed a period of probation, parole, or supervised release. This program, similar to “Credible Messenger” efforts around the country, calls for the selected candidates to use their own life experiences to work with CSOSA’s supervision and treatment staff to assist offenders in a variety of ways, including goal-setting, social and emotional support, and decision-making. The program is part of a broader jobs initiative being launched by the agency, including a “Hire One” campaign that will be aimed at recruiting area employers.

A total of five temporary positions (GS-3 or GS-4) were created, and applications are being accepted through August 23, 2020. The new hires will be with CSOSA for up to six months, with the possibility of one six-month extension. These paid positions are expected to help those selected for the program move forward with their own careers, while helping others. The object is more than just employment. CSOSA also hopes to provide these temporary employees with the opportunity to enhance their skills and obtain vocational certifications that private employers may need.

Through the First Step Act and other initiatives, the President has endeavored to make the transition from the justice system back into society smoother. The fellowship program, designed with support from the Office of Personnel Management, is consistent with that policy direction.

The job application can be accessed on USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/575115700.

Also see:  Fellowship Opportunities

CSOSA'S Community Outreach Reaches Hundreds of People Online

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) remains as dedicated as ever to community outreach throughout the pandemic, using its virtual Community Justice Advisory Network (CJAN) meetings to reach hundreds of District residents.

Since April, the Agency’s Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Specialists (ICAS) have held nine CJANs in collaboration with community partners including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the D.C. Office of Human Rights, the D.C. Department of Employment Services and other D.C. government agencies.

The ICAS staff, part of the Office of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, proved that navigating the coronavirus pandemic through virtual CJANs can provide the community with resources while keeping people connected.

“CSOSA was proud to continue our CJAN meetings virtually during this unprecedented time in our city, using Zoom and Facebook Live,” said Supervisory ICAS Trina Stewart. “The virtual CJANs not only provided an outlet for us to stay connected with people in the community but to also gain new community partners along the way, while engaging current partners including the U.S. Census Bureau, D.C. Board of Elections and the Metropolitan Police Department.”

ICAS Christine Barron and ICAS LaToshia Butler initiated the virtual CJANs by launching a series focusing on empowering women involved in the criminal justice system, providing information about entrepreneurship, domestic violence, sexual assault, and citizenship rights. Other CJAN topics included the importance of mental health during the pandemic, navigating employment challenges, and bias crime awareness. A variety of guest speakers provided valuable insights at the sessions. The program on mental health, for example, included appearances by experts with the Psychiatric Institute of Washington and MBI Health Services, LLC.

“Virtual CJANS can help bring a sense of community to populations that are easily overlooked,” said ICAS Butler. “Because the Agency quickly responded by providing the necessary technology, we were able to meet the needs of our partners and the community.”

The virtual CJANs allowed participants to gain valuable information to assist them in navigating the new challenges of reentering society and avoiding recidivism, while maintaining a safe social distance. “Like many organizations, CSOSA unexpectedly began conducting some business virtually,” said Ms. Stewart. “The virtual CJANs exceeded expectations. We plan to continue engaging the community and our partners virtually beyond the pandemic.”

“CSOSA is finding new ways to foster community partnerships with organizations like Prestige Services to provide mental health services for the people we supervise,” said ICAS Barron. “It is our responsibility to practice social distancing and to make sure that we are doing our part to keep the community and staff safe and it is also our responsibility to find creative ways to stay connected with the community we serve.”

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