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Director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Vince N. Schiraldi Confirmation Approval Resolution of 2005
PR 16-55




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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


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 Rehabilitation Services.

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 effect immediately.

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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 Francisco, California 
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 justice consultation.

The following projects were successfully developed and implemented:

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 - 1991
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 
Case Developer
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
Lecturer, 1996
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.

Freelance Commentator
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 2003.


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 Committee 
January, 1999
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 February 1996.

Commission on the Status of African American Men (1992 - 1996) 
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 Commission 
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 Management 
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 populations.


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 Alternatives Initiative.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 
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 settlement negotiations.

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 Reports 
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 Jason Ziedenberg.

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 Ziedenberg

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 Publications, Inc.

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 Jason Ziedenberg.

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 Tara-Jen Ambrosio.

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 Macallair.

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 Hyland.

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, 2001.

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 Klaas; 1994).

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 (1991, 1999).

American Correctional Association (1988, 1998).

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 University, 1981.

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