The Florida Association of Community Corrections was established in 1992 to provide a vehicle for county probation programs to come together to identify, develop and promote effective programs. The goal was to offer a high standard of training there by increasing the professionalism of personnel as well as increase public awareness of the benefits of these programs.  FACC's goals also include encouraging communication and cooperation among agencies and to initiate and support legislation that advances the efforts of prevention, reduction and deterrence of criminal and delinquent behavior.  Since 1992 the FACC membership has grown to include a wide range of community corrections specialties such as juvenile justice, substance abuse, residential programs, pre-trial services, diversion programs and victim services. In addition to many private and public county probation programs, the membership now includes staff from correctional agencies such as the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Corrections, U.S. Probation, a number of Sheriff Offices, as well as various private providers of substance abuse and other rehabilitative services.  



 Courageous Conversations: A three part series on race, equality and justice

Part Three 

Building Trust and Legitimacy-A Winning Approach

This workshop provides an understanding of how and why community partnerships are integral to achieving and maintaining public safety.

Friday September 25, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 PM

Presented by:

Khalilah Escalera, Community Outreach Coordinator-US Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida

Joseph Smith, Community Outreach Coordinator-US Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida

Susana Mapu, Special Agent- Federal Bureau of Investigation Tampa Division


Khalilah Escalera serves as a Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.  In her current role, Mrs. Escalera is responsible for coordinating reentry, community outreach, prevention and training initiatives across the Middle District.  Prior to working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mrs. Escalera worked with at risk youth and families and has worked in various positions for the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and its contracted agencies. She has worked in the Criminal Justice field for the past 18 years and has served as a Child Protective Investigator, Certified Juvenile Probation Officer, adjunct Probation Academy trainer, and Field Training Officer, among other duties.  Mrs. Escalera holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida. 

Ms. Mapu joined the FBI in 2004 and has worked in the McAllen, Texas and Tampa.   During her career, she has investigated health care fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, investment fraud money laundering, and public corruption.  Most currently Ms. Mapu is the Tampa Division Field Office primary Civil Rights Agent.  Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Mapu was enlisted in United States Navy.  Ms. Mapu holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University and is fluent in the Spanish language. 

Joseph “Joe” Smith currently serves as the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Reentry and Community Outreach Coordinator; a position he has held since November 2015.  In this position, he advocates our district’s continuing efforts in the areas of community outreach, training, prevention, enforcement, and reentry programs.  While with St. Petersburg Police Department Mr. Smith served in a multitude of positions from patrol officer, Major Case Detective, Community Police Officer, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer, Crisis Negotiator and was instrumental in creating partnerships to enhance community safety, specifically working to successfully reintroduce ex-offenders into the community.  Mr. Smith received his graduate and undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University.

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We are planning to increase regional training opportunities across the State as soon as allowable.  In the mean time, we have begun our webinar series.

Here is a link to the first in the series, Courageous Conversations: A three part series on race, equality and justice

Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable