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Mark A. Sherman, Shelly A. Easter, Melinda Torres Felix, Monica Mannino, Wade Warren, Tiffany Vega, Johnny Alexander, Melissa Alexander
February 1, 2021

U.S. probation and pretrial services professionals discuss the wellness challenges facing the system and the National Wellness Committee’s work to address them. Chair of the National Wellness Committee, Melinda Torres Felix discusses what it means to be physically and mentally well, where the Wellness Committee has been, where it wants to go, and the resources and help available to officers. Monica Mannino, Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer in the Eastern District of Missouri and Vice Chair of the Wellness Committee, Chief Wade Warren of the District of North Dakota, Chief Melissa Alexander of the Middle District of North Carolina, Tiffany Vega, U.S. Probation Officer from the Northern District of Illinois, and Johnny Alexander, U.S. Probation officer from the Western District of Kentucky, also share their unique perspectives.

Robert Redfield, Hanna Umanskiy Ortiz
December 3, 2020

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identifies drug use disorder as the public health crisis of our time.

Joseph LaFratta, Mary Page Kelley, Jason A. Cantone
December 3, 2020

Chief Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley (D. Mass.) and Deputy Chief Probation Officer Joseph LaFratta (D. Mass.) discuss the structure, commitment required, and lessons learned from their court’s experience with a successful drug treatment court program. 


Tony Anderson, Yador Harrell, Belinda M. Ashley
September 2, 2020

Retired chief U.S. probation and pretrial services officers Tony Anderson, Belinda Alexander-Ashley, Ph.D., and Yador Harrell discuss their personal experiences of racial bias in their lives and careers, their reactions to the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women by police officers, and their suggestions for alleviating racial discrimination in the probation and pretrial services workplace.

Jennifer Simone, January Welks, Guy Bourgon
June 15, 2020

U.S. probation and pretrial services officers January Welks and Jennifer Simone discuss how the pandemic has called for new ways of thinking and working, in some cases leading to positive change in both their professional and personal lives.

Mark A. Sherman, Shon R. Hopwood
May 13, 2020

Host Mark Sherman talks with bank robber turned Georgetown law professor Shon Hopwood about how the system can help and hurt an inmate’s return to society. Shon’s unusual legal journey began during a twelve-year stint in federal prison for robbing banks. While there, the U.S.

Mark A. Sherman, Francis X. Shen, Nancy Gertner, Judith Edersheim, Cassandra J. Snyder
March 4, 2020

Host Mark Sherman talks with Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.) of Harvard Law School, Dr. Francis Shen and Dr.

Kate Desmond, Keith Murphy, Mark A. Sherman, Alisha Moreland-Capuia
February 14, 2019

On this episode of Off Paper, host Mark Sherman talks to Dr.

Mark A. Sherman, Brad Whitley, Scott VanBenschoten, Jonathan Hurtig, John E Bentley
August 9, 2018

Over the last several years, the federal probation and pretrial services system has shifted its focus from being primarily concerned with monitoring and ensuring the compliance of individuals on pretrial release, probation, or post-incarceration supervised release, to primarily seeking to reduce


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