Intensive Community Supervision Specialized Caseload Program
Specialized caseloads provide specialized supervision for high-risk defendants. This department has developed specific units to most effectively supervise these types of defendants.
High Risk Caseloads - Defendants who are extremely high risk with histories of violent or assaultive offenses are assigned to these caseloads. Electronic Monitoring is an additional sanction that may be imposed. Frequent contact is made with families, employers, and law enforcement and treatment agencies that address substance abuse and anger management. These defendants are directed into cognitive classes, job training, and GED testing to aid them in redirecting their behavior.
High Risk Exit Caseloads - The caseload is comprised of individuals who have successfully completed the intense caseloads. The defendants are exited off of the Sex Offender, Domestic Violence and High Risk Caseloads. Defendants with a past sexual offense are also supervised on this caseload.
Mental Health Caseloads - This program is operated in cooperation with the Gulf Coast Center, the regional mental health/mental retardation agency. The program teams a probation officer and a qualified mental health professional to coordinate and provide supervision and mental health services. This program designed to supervise those who have a mental health diagnosis and who meet the requirements established by TCOOMI (Texas Correctional Office on Defendants with Medical and Mental Impairments). A defendant is placed in the program at the discretion of this department to provide intensive supervision, including additional office and home visits, and to access and coordinate mental health services with the local mental health authority. A defendant in this program is expected to cooperate with medication and counseling services through the Gulf Coast Center and with the supervising probation officer.
Sex Offender Caseloads - Defendants who are on community supervision for a sex offense are placed by the court in the Sex Offender Treatment Program. This program provides intensive supervision of the defendant by the supervising probation officer and the treatment provider who works closely as a team in monitoring the activities of the defendants. The defendant is required to pay at least half of the cost of treatment. The defendant must submit and pass annual polygraph examinations and complete all assignments of the treatment program. In addition to the defendant's attendance at weekly group, the supervising officer must have a minimum of three face-to-face contacts with the defendant each month. The supervising officer will provide information and assist the offender to complete state mandated registration procedures.
Re-Entry Court Caseloads – This is a special program for defendants who have completed a local contract residential program, or graduates of a Community Corrections Treatment Facility (Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, Court Residential Treatment Center, or Intermediate Sanction Facility). Defendants in this program are provided with intensive supervision involving court appearance and are required to attend AA or NA regularly, as well as supportive aftercare treatment services. Defendants are required to submit to regular drug tests and additional office and home visits.
Substance Abuse Caseloads - Defendants are court-ordered into the program until discharged by the court. Defendants are provided with intensive supervision including additional office and home visits. Defendants in the program are required to complete a substance abuse evaluation, follow all recommendations and submit to regular drug testing.
Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) Caseloads - Defendants are court-ordered to attend and successfully complete the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility program for up to eighteen months. The supervising officer and the treatment providers work as a team to break the cycle of addiction.
The SAFPF facilities are lock-up facilities. The program lasts approximately six to nine months. While incarcerated here, defendants attend classes, group counseling and group processing. The program is aimed at getting defendants to realize how significant chemicals are in their lives and what can be done to accept responsibility and change their behavior.
Once the lock-up portion of the program has been completed, the defendant goes to a transitional treatment center. During this phase, the defendant must get a job and begin to get used to the increasing hours of free time in the community.
All of this will be followed by six to nine months of supportive aftercare counseling. This counseling helps defendants deal with relapse prevention issues and other problems that are likely to arise with this high-risk population once they return to the community. Defendants are provided with intensive supervision including additional office and home visits. Defendants in the program are required to attend AA or NA regularly and submit to regular drug testing.
Domestic Violence Caseloads - This caseload is designed to give specialized supervision to defendants charged with assaultive family violence. Defendants are required to complete a court ordered education/intervention group for batterers.
DWI Court - The DWI Court Program is a specialized court docket designated to handle defendants with multiple DWI convictions. The program is a minimum of 18 months, divided into 4 phases, during which defendants are intensively supervised by the Community Supervision Officer and required to appear in front of the DWI Court Judge on a regular basis. Defendants placed in the program are ordered by the court to attend weekly AA/NA meetings, participate in substance abuse treatment, and random urinalysis testing. The defendant is also required to secure and maintain an Alcohol monitoring device (Ignition Interlock, In-Home, or SCRAM device). All of the requirements work toward the ultimate goals of public safety, maintaining offender sobriety, and reducing recidivism. The DWI Court program will foster a change in thoughts and perceptions about the seriousness of impaired driving; its dangers, costs, and negative effects on individuals, families, and the community as a whole.
Low Risk Case Management - This program is available to low risk defendants under direct supervision. Supervision involves defendants reporting via a web-based case management system and providing specific requested information. Defendants report to a supervision officer in person every 90 days.