Intensive Community Supervision
Specialized Caseload Program
Specialized caseloads provide
specialized supervision for high-risk offenders. This department has
developed specific units to most effectively supervise these types of offenders.
High Risk Caseloads -
Offenders 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 offenders are directed into
cognitive classes, job training, and GED testing to aid them in redirecting
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
Offenders With Medical and Mental Impairments). A defendant is placed in the
program at the discretion of this department to provide intensive supervision
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 - Offenders 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 offender by the supervising probation officer and the
treatment provider who works closely as a team in monitoring the activities of
the offender. The offender is required to attend weekly sex offender group
sessions and monthly individual counseling sessions. The offender is
required to pay at least half of the cost of treatment. The offender 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
Substance Abuse Caseloads - Multiple DWI
and/or drug offenders are court-ordered into
the program for a minimum of one year. Offenders in the program are
required to attend AA or NA regularly and submit to regular drug testing.
The offender must attend and complete several classes including the Victim
Impact Panel and the DWI Intervention Program. The offender is provided
intensive supervision which includes additional face-to-face contacts with the
supervising officer. The supervising officer will monitor the installation
and continued use of the court-ordered vehicle ignition interlock device.
Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) Caseloads - Offenders are court-ordered to attend
and successfully complete the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility.
In addition, the offender is required to participate in and complete outpatient
aftercare in the community for up to eighteen months following successful
discharge from SAFPF. The supervising officer and the outpatient treatment
program work as a team to break the cycle of addiction through intensive
supervision and contact that includes regular drug testing and additional
face-to-face contacts with the supervising officer.
The facilities are operated behind prison walls. The program lasts
approximately six months. While incarcerated here, clients attend classes,
group counseling and group processing. The program is aimed at getting
clients to realize how significant chemicals are in their lives and what can be
done to accept responsibility and change their behavior. This is the most
intense chemical dependency treatment program available in the world of
Once the lock-up portion of the program has
been completed (six months), the client goes to a half-way house or transitional
treatment center. During this phase, the probationer 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 aftercare counseling.
This counseling helps clients deal with relapse prevention issues and other
problems that are likely to arise with this high-risk population once they
return to the community. A Special (Intensive) Probation Officer who is
familiar with the regimen of these treatment facilities supervises the year of
Operation Habilitation Caseloads - This
program is designed to provide case management for primarily youthful offenders
ages 17 to 24 years. Supervision involves a community-based interagency
task force which assists in the evaluation, development, and implementation of a
plan of supervision. A cognitive behavioral program - "Thinking for
Change" is utilized.
Domestic Violence Caseloads - This
caseload is designed to give specialized supervision to offenders charged with
assaultive family violence. Offenders are required to complete a court
ordered education/process group for batterers.
BI Profile Caseload - This program is
available to low risk probationers under direct supervision. Supervision
involves offenders reporting monthly by telephoning a 1-800 number and providing
specific requested information. Offenders report to a supervision officer
in person every 90 days instead of every 30 days.