An independent Executive branch agency, CSOSA provides supervision and related supportive services for more than 2,000 District of Columbia offenders who are either on probation, parole, or supervised release, with the objective to increase public safety, prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and garner and maintain confidence and cooperation from the local community.
CSOSA was created by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, to provide financial assistance to the District of Columbia by restructuring and moving a number of criminal justice entities of the D.C. government into the new federal agency. Under the direction of a trustee appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, adult probation, parole, and pre-trial services were reconfigured to operate within CSOSA. The new agency assumed its probation function from the D.C. Superior Court, and its parole function from the D.C. Board of Parole, and the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency was set up under the CSOSA umbrella as an independent entity with its own budget. For its first three years, CSOSA operated in a trusteeship arrangement. It received certification as an independent Executive agency on August 4, 2000.
CSOSA is an adult offender supervision program that provides pre-trial services for the federal and local courts of the District of Columbia, as well as supervision for adult D.C. offenders on probation, parole, or supervised release. It is composed of two components, the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) and the Community Supervision Program (CSP), both of which work on behalf of the court or agency that has jurisdiction over the person being supervised. CSOSA also addresses the conditions that fuel recidivism, including addiction, unemployment, lack of education, unstable housing, and broken relationships.
Among its specific functions:
Determining and maintaining uniform supervision and reporting practices.
Providing verified background information and criminal histories on all arrestees.
Operating and maintaining a sex offender registry for the District of Columbia.
Establishing and implementing an effective Risks and Needs Assessment and case management process to help officials determine whom it is appropriate to release an offender and at what level of supervision.
From the CSOSA Web Site
In 2010 and 2011, CSOSA has to date spent $64.8 million in 542 contractor transactions for services such as ADP software ($37,309,375 million), other management support services ($9,794,657), and ADP support equipment ($3,087,649).
The top five recipients of contracts with CSOSA are:
1. IPI Grammtech $35,145,691
2. Inter-Con Security Systems Inc. $5,820,798
3. Satellite Tracking of People LLC $2,260,820
4. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $1,351,164
5. The Center for Clinical and Forensic Services Inc. $1,118,866
On August 2, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Nancy M. Ware to serve as the Director of the District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), a large agency that supervises offenders who are on probation, parole, or supervised release. Although it is a local, District of Columbia agency, the position is subject to federal control under the District’s home rule charter.
A longtime employee of the District of Columbia’s Department of Corrections, Adrienne R. Poteat served as the head of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), where she has been deputy director since 2002. This federal agency oversees pre-trial maintenance of prisoners in Washington D.C. and supervises offenders who are on probation, parole, or supervised release. When CSOCA director Paul Quander stepped down at the end of his six-year term, Poteat took over leadership of the agency as acting director on July 31, 2008.