Hosted by a former Maryland state trooper who is spokesman for Washington, D.C’s probation office, “D.C. Public Safety” is the first real foray into television for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, reports the Washington Post. Shown on public-access stations and on the agency’s Web site, http://www.csosa.gov/content.htm , “D.C. Public Safety” is an effort to explore the criminal justice system, especially issues important to those living in the community under the agency’s supervision. “It’s designed to cast offenders in a different light,” said Len Sipes, the host of the program, planned to air quarterly. “We hear about their failures. Here, we’re trying to focus on their successes.”
The agency isn’t in the news much, but when it is, it tends to be when one of the thousands of people the agency is supposed to be supervising is accused of a crime. Its everyday success stories get little fanfare. Don’t expect to hear horror stories on “D.C. Public Safety,” the Post says. The first episode focused on the work of churches and other faith organizations in helping people adjust to life back in their communities. The second episode examines the special problems facing women in the criminal justice system.