Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF
Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor,
introduced the following resolution which was
referred to the Committee on Human Services
To confirm the Mayoral appointment of Vincent N.
Schiraldi as the Director of the Department of Youth
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
That this resolution may be cited as the "Director of the
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Vincent N. Schiraldi
Confirmation Approval Resolution of 2005".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District
of Columbia confirms the appointment of:
Vincent N. Schiraldi
12 Parkside Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
as Director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation
Services, established by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Emergency
Establishment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-749, 52 DCR __) in accordance with
section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979
(D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Official Code § 1-523.01), to serve at the
pleasure of the Mayor.
Sec. 3. The Secretary of the Council of the District
of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its
adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take
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VINCENT N. SCHIRALDI, M.S.W.
(202) 363-7847, ext. 311
Justice Policy Institute
Founder and Executive Director
2002 - present
Direct a research, public policy and program development
organization which researches pressing criminal and juvenile justice
issues and works to develop model programs to address delinquency and
criminal behavior. JPI consistently ranks amongst the top most
frequently quoted think-tanks in the United States. In addition to
national research on the impact of mass incarceration, JPI has worked
collaboratively on criminal/juvenile justice campaigns in Alabama,
California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland and Texas.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)
Founder and Executive Director, Washington, DC and San
1991 - 2002
Established an innovative private, non-profit
criminal/juvenile justice agency dedicated to reducing society's
reliance on imprisonment as a solution to social problems.
Supervised all phases of agency operations.
Responsibilities included: program creation/development; fund raising;
personnel and budget management; public speaking at media, community and
professional events; testimony in court and before legislative bodies;
liaison activity with agency board of directors; and criminal/juvenile
The following projects were successfully developed and
Juvenile Justice Programming - Funded by various juvenile
justice systems throughout the nation, pioneered a highly successful
advocacy and case management program aimed at reducing the unnecessary
use of incarceration for juveniles in Washington, DC, Baltimore,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland and Hawaii. Washington, DC program
kept the Youth Services Administration under a court-ordered cap by
releasing/supervising 51 youths out of a pre-adjudication population of
150. An American Correctional Association analysis of that program found
an 87% success rate. San Francisco project awarded the "Outstanding
Program of the Year" and "Excellence in Diversity" awards
for reducing preadjudication detention population. Only 6% of the youths
released from juvenile hall through that program reoffended or failed to
appear. Under contract from the Hawaii Department of Corrections,
reduced that state's institutionalized youth population by 40% in six
months with a 4% recidivism rate.
Continuum of Care Programming- Provided residential
treatment, independent living, professional foster care, post-release
case management, in-depth therapy, evaluation and community reaclimation
services to severely abused and neglected adolescents in Washington, DC
under contract with the Child Welfare System. Provided independent
living services to youth in DC's juvenile justice system under contract
with the Youth Services Admininstration.
Justice Policy Institute - Provides research, media
commentary, and opinion pieces on critical issues affecting the justice
field. The Institute has taken a leadership role in justice policy
formulation and is looked to by policy makers and the media as a source
of up to date research on emerging justice issues. The Institute began
an independent 501(C)(3) organization in 2004
Alternative Sentencing Program - Preparation of highly
specialized reports to courts and paroling authorities nationwide.
Reports include background/offense studies and development of workable
community plans for defendants/minors which meet the goals of justice in
a non-incarcerative manner.
Supervised Citation Release Program - Under contract with
the San Francisco Sheriffs Department, released and supervised
misdemeanants from San Francisco's Jail. The 80% appearance rate of SCRP
participants is doubles that of other pretrial misdemeanants.
Supportive Living Program - SLP is a model supervised
independent living program for homeless parolees released from San
Quentin prison who are suffering from substance abuse problems. Funded
by the California Department of Corrections through their Bay Area
Services Network (BASN), this program had the longest length of stay and
lowest failure rate of any BASN program.
Technical Assistance Project - Provide technical
assistance to states and counties desiring to safely and effectively
reduce incarcerated populations in juvenile and adult institutions.
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Western Regional Director, San Francisco, California 1985
Founder of the Western Regional Office of private,
non-profit criminal/juvenile justice agency. In October of 1991,
successfully segued NCIA Western Regional Office (WRO) to newly
established CJCJ. In addition to projects noted above, NCIA/WRO programs
developed included the Parole Assistance Project (PAP). Funded by the
California Department of Corrections, PAP developed 156 social service
plans for substance abusing state prison parolees. All clients were
closely case managed by PAP staff to help facilitate community
reaclimation and guard against relapse.
NCIA New York City Office, New York, New York 1982 - 1985
Broke ground and established reputation for progressive
criminal/juvenile justice agency in the challenging New York City
market. Primarily provided alternative sentence planning services as
well as public education through media and legislative activities.
Office continues to provide a range of justice services.
New York State Division For Youth
Houseparent/Recreation Coordinator, 1980 - 1982
Served initially as a live-in house parent to a state-run
group home for seven juvenile delinquent boys. Promoted to recreation
coordinator of three homes housing 14 girls and seven boys.
San Francisco State University
Taught a course on the history of juvenile justice and
the development of reforms in the field. Course work included examining
the nature of delinquency, historical patterns of state intervention and
attempts to control delinquency, etiology and shortcomings of the
institution-based system, contemporary theories on the causes and cures
of delinquency, and model juvenile justice systems and programs.
San Francisco Department of Social Service
Foster Parent, 1989
Foster parent for a seriously emotionally disturbed,
delinquent youth for a six week transitional period following his
release from San Francisco's juvenile hall.
1985 - Present
Have published commentary pieces in the Washington Post,
Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, National
Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury
News, Sacramento Bee, and Albany Times-Union, among others. Regular
commentator on Washington, DC's public radio station, WAMU from 1998 to
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
DC Prisoners Legal Services
Member, Board of Directors
2001 - present
Washington, DC Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Safety and
Juvenile Justice Reform - Advisor
Non-voting advisor to Commission examining the District
of Columbia's juvenile justice system.
Washington, DC Mayor's Transition Team - Public Safety
Served on the Public Safety Committee of Washington, DC
Mayor Anthony Williams' Transition Team. Helped write and edit the
public safety position paper.
San Francisco District Attorney's Transition Team
December 1995 - February 1996
Served on the 25 member transition team for newly elected
San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan. Was a member of both
Juvenile Justice and Police-DA Relations Subcommittees for which I
drafted position papers and helped to develop policy recommendations for
the newly elected District Attorney.
National Criminal Justice Commission, Alexandria, VA
Commissioner 1995 - 1996
Served as a member of national commission formed through
non-profit funding to analyze and recommend changes to the country's
method of addressing adult and juvenile crime. The Commission's report
The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice
Commission, was released in book format by HarperCollins Publishers in
Commission on the Status of African American Men (1992 -
Little Hoover Commission (1993 - 1994)
Served as a criminal and juvenile justice advisory member
to the above commissions. The Commission on the Status of African
American Men and the Little Hoover Commission are both legislatively
established, California commissions.
San Francisco City and County, Juvenile Probation
President, 1990 - 1991, Commissioner, 1991 - 1992
Appointed by then Mayor Art Agnos to preside over newly
established, seven member commission which was formed to "manage,
organize and reorganize" the Juvenile Probation Department. The
Commission's unique duties are to supervise all facets of the city's
Juvenile Probation Department, including the operation of the juvenile
hall and sentenced facility. The number of youths detained in San
Francisco's juvenile hall was reduced by 30% during my tenure.
California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population
Commissioner, 1988 - 1990
Appointed by then Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr.
as a voting member of this commission which included the Attorney
General and the Directors of the Departments of Corrections and Youth
Authority. Goals of this legislatively-created body, which issued its
final report on time in January 1990, were to recommend the means by
which to safely and effectively manage juvenile and adult incarcerated
TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Cuyahoga County Technical Assistance
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio (2002-2003)
Worked as part of a team to analyze Cuyahoga County's
(Cleveland), Ohio's use of secure detention and make recommendations for
reform as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
Legal Defense and Education Fund (NAACP/LDF)
Los Angeles County, 1995 - 1996
Served as a consultant on the NAACP/LDF's law suit Black
Probation Officers Association et al. v. The County of Los Angeles et
al. Reviewed data, interviewed and collaborated with plaintiffs
concerning issue of disparate incarceration of African American youth
and inadequate funding and services in inner city probation offices.
Drafted proposed settlement for approval of plaintiffs and for
negotiation with County officials. Worked with plaintiffs in ongoing
State of Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Study
Hawaii, March - July, 1988
At the request of the Hawaii Department of Corrections
and the Hawaii Legislature, lead a team which recommended a model
juvenile correctional system designed to assure public safety while
reducing the number of youths housed in secure custody. Provided an
accurate estimate of secure bed needs. Recommendations included
development of a continuum of care service system to provide intermediate dispositional
options for those otherwise housed in secure custody.
Based partly on work performed with the Hawaii Department
of Corrections, the 1989 Hawaii Legislature formed the Office of Youth
Services and allocated $890,000 for community-based programming. This
technical assistance project also resulted in the formation of CJCJ's
Hawaii Youth Advocacy Project described above.
National Institute of Corrections Technical Assistance
Sonoma County, California, August 1987
Santa Cruz County, California, June, 1987
Through funding from the United States Department of
Justice, National Institute of Corrections, researched the programs and
policies in place in both counties and advised on potential jail
population reduction measures. Interviewed persons from the county who
impacted the jail population (Judges, District Attorneys, Sheriffs
personnel, etc.), analyzed jail population statistics, met directly with
inmates, and researched appropriate programs available throughout the
nation to meet local needs.
Swing States: Crime, Prisons and the Future of the
Nation, August, 2004, with Eric Lotke and Deborah Stromberg.
Still Striking Out: Ten Years of California's Three
Strikes, July 2004, with Scott Ehlers and Jason Ziedenberg.
Race and Incarceration in Maryland, June, 2004, with
Treatment or Incarceration: National and State Findings
on the Efficacy and Cost Savings of Drug Treatment Versus Imprisonment,
March 2004, with Doug McVay and Jason Ziedenberg
Cost and Benefits? The Impact of Drug Imprisonment in
New Jersey, November, 2003, with Jason Ziedenberg
Education & Incarceration, August 2003, with Bruce
Western and Jason Ziedenberg
Returning Adult Offenders in DC -A Road Map to
Neighborhood Based Reentry, April 2002, with Tim Roche and Jason
Cellblocks or Classrooms?: The Funding of Higher
Education and Corrections and Its Impact on African American Men, August
2002, with Jason Ziedenberg.
Prison Population in the United States, (2002) in The
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, David Levinson, Editor, Sage
Workforce and Youth Development -Barriers and Promising
Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders, May,
2002- an Annie E. Casey Foundation report with David Brown, Sarah
Maxwell and Edward DeJesus.
Cutting Correctly: Prison Policies in Times of Fiscal
Crisis, February 2002, with Judith Greene.
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth
Development for Young Offenders, 2002, with David Brown, Edward DeJesus
and Sarah P. Maxwell, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Reducing Disproportionate Detention of Minority Youth,
Pathways 8, January 2002, with Brenda V. Smith, Eleanor Hoytt, and Jason
Ziedenberg, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
How Distorted Coverage of Crime Affects Public Policy,
2001, with Jason Ziedenberg, in Zero Tolerance, Edited by William Ayers,
Bernardine Dohm, and Rick Ayers, The New Press.
A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention
Rates in Maryland & the District of Columbia, October 2001, with
Michael Males and Lisa Feldman for the Building Blocks for Youth Initiative.
The Will of the People? The Public's Opinion of the
Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Act of 1997, Justice Policy
Institute and Youth Law Center, March, 1998, with Mark Soler published
in Crime and Delinquency.
Reforming Juvenile Justice, Textbook edited with Dan
Macallair, Kendall-Hunt Publishers, Ohio, December, 1997.
The Pods of Elmore County: A Glimpse Behind the Rhetoric
of the Juvenile Crime Bill, Justice Policy Institute, October, 1997 with
The Risks Juveniles Face when Incarcerated with Adults,
Justice Policy Institute, July 1997 with Jason Ziedenberg.
Striking Out: The Crime Control Impact of Three Strikes
Laws, Justice Policy Institute, March, 1997 with Tara-Jen Ambrosio.
From Classrooms to Cellblocks: Destructive Policies
Eroding DC's Communities, Justice Policy Institute, March 1997 with
From Classrooms to Cellblocks: A National Perspective,
Justice Policy Institute, February 1997, with Tara-Jen Ambrosio.
Three Strikes: The New Apartheid, Center on Juvenile and
Criminal Justice, March 1996, with Christopher Davis and Richard Estes.
Young African Americans and California's Criminal Justice
System: Five Years Later, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, February 1996,
with Sue Kuyper and Sharen Hewitt.
Framing the Framers: Shaping the Debate on Juvenile Crime
in San Francisco, in Media Politics, Sage Publications, 1996, with Dan
Trading Books for Bars CACJ Forum, California Attorneys
for Criminal Justice, Los Angeles, California, January 1995.
Racial Disparities in the Charging of Los Angeles
County's Third "Strike " Cases, Center on Juvenile and
Criminal Justice, October 1994, with Michael Godfrey.
Three Strikes: The Unintended Victims, Center on Juvenile
and Criminal Justice, October 1994, with Peter Sussman and Lanric
Corrections and Higher Ed Compete for California Dollars;
Corrections Winning, Overcrowded Times, Castine Research Corporation,
Castine Maine, June 1994.
Race and Incarceration in San Francisco: Localizing
Apartheid, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, October 1992, with
Chet Hewitt and Ken Kubota.
Parole Violators in California: A Waste of Money, A Waste
of Time, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, September 1991, with
Anthony Costello and Rick Garnett.
Concrete and Crowds: 100, 000 Prisoners of the State,
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, San Francisco, California, May
1991, with Rick Garnett.
The Prison Dilemma: Should We Lock Em All Up?, The San
Francisco Attorney, San Francisco, California, October/November 1990.
Young African American Men and the Criminal Justice
System in California, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives,
San Francisco, California, October 1990, with Susan Fry.
Hawaii's Juvenile Justice System: A Model for Reform,
Federal Probation, Administrative Office of the US Courts, Washington,
DC, September 1990.
Symbolic Victim Restitution Ordered in State Case, CACJ
Forum, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Los Angeles,
California, July/August 1987.
Race and Incarceration in Maryland,
Maryland House Judiciary Committee - Special Session, January, 2004.
Reforming the District of Columbia's
Juvenile Justice System, before the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Safety and Juvenile Justice Reform,
Coverage of Violent Crime in the
News Media, Dartmouth University, December 2001.
Prison Population Growth in America,
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, January, 2002.
National Council of Juvenile and
Family Court Judges, (1999)
Race and the Juvenile Justice
System, William and Mary School of Law, 1998.
CBS Radio - Nationally aired debate
on juvenile crime bill with Senator Jeff Sessions (1997).
Presentation before Congressional
Black Caucus hearings on Violent Juvenile Crime (1997).
CNN - On air juvenile justice debate
with Congressman Bill McCollum (1997).
MS-NBC - On air juvenile justice
debate with Senator, Jeff Sessions (1997).
NBC Today Show, debate with California Governor Pete
Wilson on the "Three Strikes and You're Out" Law (1996).
Diane Rheme Show, WAMU radio, with
Virginia Attorney General Gilmore on juvenile justice.
San Diego State University - Public
Forum Debate on "Three Strikes and You're Out" (with Attorney General Dan Lungren and Mark
University of Minnesota Law School
Judicial Sentencing Training Workshop (1996)
California Department of Corrections
- Leadership Training Institute (1994 - 1995).
California Probation, Parole and
Correctional Association Annual Meeting (1994).
Western Society of Criminology
Annual Meetings (1991,1993, 1994).
American Society of Criminology
American Correctional Association
Administrative Office of the Courts,
Judicial Council (California) (1992).
California Center for Judicial
Education and Research (1991, 1992).
Media appearances include Today Show, CBS' Early Show,
Nightline, CBS Evening News, MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, National Public
Radio, British Broadcasting System (Radio and Television), Canadian
Broadcasting System (Radio and Television), Cable News Network (CNN),
MS-NBC among others. Print interviews include the New York Times,
Washington Post, US News and World Report, Newsweek, the Los Angeles
Times, the Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the
San Francisco Examiner, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sacramento Bee,
the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald,
the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Orange County Register, the Oakland
Tribune, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.
Masters in Social Work, New York University, 1983.
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Social Psychology, Binghamton