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

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.

 

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

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