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.

 

 

 

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.

CSOSA Launches Hire One Jobs Campaign

CSOSA is launching the “Hire One” campaign to directly connect area employers with a pool of talented justice-involved people who are ready, able, and eager to work.

In our decades of supervising people on probation, parole, and supervised release in the District of Columbia, CSOSA has found that gainful employment is a cornerstone of stability and growth. However, too often, those who have been involved in the justice system find that their past transgressions continue to be obstacles to their progress. Second Chance hiring provides an opportunity to move toward a brighter future. That’s why CSOSA is asking area employers to pledge to “Hire One” of its referrals.

“Hire One,” an expansion of CSOSA’s job placement efforts, aims to pair employers with an untapped and under-utilized pool of talent. Businesses that have hired people under CSOSA supervision report that these employees are among the most dedicated, hardworking, and loyal in their workforce. Employers interested in joining the program can contact Vocational Development Coordinator Tony Lewis at tony.lewis@csosa.gov.

In coming weeks, CSOSA will unveil a series of videos that answer the question “Why Hire One?” Stay tuned to hear answers directly from businesses that have already partnered with us.

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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.

Victim Services Program Overview

In 2001, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) launched the Victim Services Program (VSP) to serve residents of the District of Columbia who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual offenses, traffic or alcohol-related crimes, or property crimes. VSP is committed to responding to victims of crime with compassion, understanding, and respect.

VSP works with Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) to decrease the incidence of recidivism and re-victimization. VSP also partners with victim service agencies to identify crime victims, provide education on victim rights, and deliver orientation and technical assistance to victims and the community. Additionally, VSP connects victims with resources to address the effect of victimization.

 

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