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Government Video Website of the Week: The D.C. Public Safety Radio and Television Shows

The shows focus on the human side of the criminal justice and corrections systems

Washington’s Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is an independent executive branch agency of the U.S. government that oversees the probation, parole and supervised release, of thousands of offenders whose crimes range from drug offenses to sex crimes.
Among CSOSA’s many programs, the agency produces a quarterly television show—“D.C. Public Safety”—that is broadcast on Washington’s government channel. The shows document programs designed to re-introduce an inmate to society, or discuss the problems with trying to do so for certain classes of inmates such as sex offenders.
CSOSA also produces a radio show and both of those broadcasts are available for viewing on the Public Safety Radio and Television Shows website.
Once on the website, click on either “Radio Shows” or “Television Shows” and a multitude of programs are made available. There are nearly 200 radio shows going back to 2006 in CSOSA’s archives, and nearly a score of television shows are immediately available, including public service announcements.
The PSAs are more than commercials for they cover such issues as encouraging non-violent fugitives to peaceably surrender, and do so in a personal way. The PSA in question shows the anguish of a father who tells how the police knocked on his door at 4 a.m. and entered his home to serve an arrest warrant for his son. The video shows the man’s sadness and his determination to keep that from happening to other families by urging those who are wanted, to stop “running and ducking,” because “it’s not living,” and to turn themselves in.
For using audiovisual techniques to focus on the human side of the criminal justice and corrections systems, D.C. Public Safety Radio and Television Shows is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.