By David Schultz
Vincent Schiraldi has been hired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run his city's probation department.
For nearly five years, Schiraldi led the D.C. agency responsible for handling juvenile offenders. He led the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as it transitioned from its Oak Hill detention facility to the New Beginnings Center, which opened last summer.
Schiraldi's tenure was controversial because he often favored placing offenders back into a community setting instead of detaining them.
In a press release issued by the New York City government, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty praised Schiraldi, calling him "a tremendous asset to the District."