Community supervision & Corrections Department
Programs, Services & Specialty Courts
Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, 9th Floor, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: (214) 653-5300
Special Program and Services
The Assessment Center provides our courts with quality assessments and pre-sentence investigations reports that assist the judiciary in making informed sentencing decisions while considering all viable treatment and placement options.
The Assessment Center is responsible for providing Dallas County CSCD with a standardized process and format for Pre-Sentence Investigation Report and creation of Conditions of Supervision.
We accomplish this task by employing skilled investigative interviewers who provide comprehensive PSI/Summary’s, Criminal History, Risk/Need Assessment, Diagnostic Screening and Evaluations. Conditions of Supervision are created based on all collective information and Risk/Needs outcome.
Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center
The Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center (JJCCJTC) is an inpatient treatment facility for substance abuse treatment and supportive services for community reintegration, run by the Dallas County CSCD located in Wilmer, Texas. The JJCCJTC facility houses several different treatment tracks. Another track at the facility is the Pre-DDC track. This is for female clients awaiting entry to the Dual Diagnosis Center (DDC).
Felony only with diagnosed drug dependence
No title V offenses, no severe medical or mental health problems (except for the Dual Diagnosis Center and Pre-DDC track)
- Court order entry only
- Males and females
For expanded admissions criteria please contact CATS
Dual Diagnosis Center
The Dual Diagnosis Center (DDC) is a 60 bed (30 men, 30 women) treatment facility for clients presenting with co-occurring disorders (mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse disorder). The DDC is housed at the Wilmer campus. It is a 90-day inpatient program which opened in early 2008. The DDC program also includes an Aftercare court component.
Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS)
The Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS) department is administered by the Dallas County CSCD and performs mental health and substance abuse screenings for all Felony cases upon bond release, to assess needs upfront. Where indicated, screenings are followed by substance abuse and/or psychological evaluations. Appropriate referrals for treatment are made if indicated by evaluation. CATS provides in-house intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in English and Spanish and specialty IOP programs such as Dual Diagnosis. CATS refers and/or contracts out to supportive outpatient programs and residential substance abuse treatment. CATS staff also provides evaluations for jail clients and consult with courts and officers.
- Accepts indigent clients and non-indigent if the court orders a program fee
- Clients are referred by the felony courts and by community supervision officers
- Outpatient substance abuse treatment averages approximately 17 weeks
- Specific referral criteria can be obtained directly from CATS
Mental Illness/Mental Retardation Caseloads (MIMR)
The MIMR caseload program specializes in providing supervision to offenders with severe mental illness or mental retardation and is partially grant-funded. These specially trained community supervision officers are sensitive to the limitations of offenders with severe mental illness and are experienced in accessing community resources. Through ongoing training on the management and treatment of mental health disorders, these officers encourage and direct MIMR offenders to adhere to prescribed treatment, participate in case management, and to utilize community resources to foster self-reliance and community success. These officers are located at the various satellite offices across Dallas County and support our mental health diversion courts.
Program Service components:
Eligibility for grant-funded and non-grant caseloads determined via CATS assessments based on diagnosis, functional impairment, and criminogenic risk.
- Priority given to high-risk felons with diagnoses of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder
- Provides a continuum of supervision based on stabilization and actuarial risk
- Provides for coordination of services with treatment providers including Intensive Case Management services through the Special Needs Offenders Program (SNOP)
- The MIMR program does not generally accept sex offenders. These clients will be seen by the sex offender treatment unit
- Please contact CATS for further information on this specialized service
High Risk Caseload Diversion Program
The HRC targets high-risk/high needs felony offenders. High-risk/high needs misdemeanor cases shall be served only on a limited and space available basis, not to exceed 20% of the offenders served on the caseload at any given time. Clients serving a period of community supervision who meet the HRC program requirements, at the option of the court, may also receive electronic monitoring while a participant in the HRC. Electronic monitoring utilizes the following equipment which includes: ankle bracelet / telephone responder units and Global Positioning System (GPS).
- Offender must reside or be employed in Dallas County
Must have a condition of community supervision requiring participation in a cognitive behavioral program such as “Thinking for a Change, BIPP, Anger Management, etc
Must be court ordered into High Risk Caseload as a condition of community supervision and not as a condition of bond or pre-trial bond
Absconder and Warrant Unit
This specially trained, six person unit, is charged with serving probation violation warrants, locating and apprehending probation clients that have absconded from supervision. The Absconder and Warrant Unit works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement to effect the safe apprehension and detention of probation absconders and/or those probationers being served with a probation revocation warrant.
This specialized unit is trained in defensive tactics, public safety awareness and have been authorized to carry impact weapons (ASP batons), handcuffs, Capsicum spray and firearms.
Intensive Intervention Groups (IIG)
The Day Reporting Center as we once knew it has changed locations but there are many similarities to the old model integrated with the IIG (Intensive Intervention Group) model. Dallas County CSCD has taken this model to the field and created 3 new, IIG Level II Officers. This program provides for structured classes for GED, literacy classes, “Thinking for a Change” classes and employs motivational interviewing techniques to gauge client success. Also provides client supervision for all community service projects involving offenders with a history of assaultive behavior.
- Accepting felony cases only, males or females
Core elements are offender behavior, interpersonal skills, education/training/employment and substance abuse counseling
- 2 phase program, phase II to begin after completion of 90 days
Level I 30-90 day process where target behavior(s) are addressed, cognitive behavioral component and rating system implemented
Achieve program is required of all clients in first 2 weeks of program level I & II
Progressive responses utilized immediately for non-compliance issues
Clients must report a minimum of 2x’s weekly, to include group reporting, phase I and 1x weekly and group in phase II
Clients will be escalated to Level II for non-compliance and also as a result of violations, sanctions etc
Level II is higher intensity supervision, more structure and more face to face contact, program anywhere from 30- 90 days
Specifically designed for high risk offenders who would benefit most from close supervision
Sex Offender Unit
The Sex Offender Unit targets high-risk/high-needs sex offenders serving a period of community supervision in Dallas County. Specially trained community supervision officer’s work collaboratively with appropriate agencies and community service providers in the supervision of these clients.
Client participation in the Sex Offender Unit must be court ordered and is limited to offenders who meet the definition of a sex offender as defined in TDCJ-CJAD standards
The Sex Offender Unit incorporates a substance abuse treatment referral component for those offenders who abuse alcohol or drugs as well as a cognitive behavioral component for each offender that includes an evaluation of the offender upon entering the program and an evaluation upon exiting the program
Community Supervision Officers in the unit work closely with local police departments to ensure the safety of the community
Clients are supervised in the Sex Offender Unit until such time as they no longer represent a serious risk to the community
The SAFPF Unit provides specialized supervision to graduates of the TDCJ - Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities the first year after their release from the facility.
- Felony only from SAFPF inpatient facilities
- Excludes offenders convicted of Section 21.11, 22.01 or 22.02 offenses
- Court ordered participation only
- All offenders are supervised at a maximum risk level designation
- Selected offenders participate in SAFPF Re-Entry Courts
- Please contact the SAFPF program for additional referral criteria
Neighborhood Based Supervision
The Neighborhood Based Supervision Office provides for specialized services to high risk or high need offenders in a small geographic area. Develops and supervises community service projects within these neighborhoods and provides for cognitive behavioral component classes, and motivational interviewing techniques are used for all interactions with offenders.
High risk felony clients only (other clients w/ prior approval) living on specific streets or zip code areas
Smaller caseloads(40), community partnerships, increased face to face contact and interactions, continuity of supervision, team approach and an emphasis on rapport enhances quality, meaningful and more effective supervision
- No sex offenders
- Community Supervision Officers are available to offenders by phone 24/7
Design Responsivity into Programming; team concept of neighborhood supervision allows officers to bring different styles, strengths and insight to improve interactions with individual offenders
Motivate and Shape Offender Behaviors; greater amount of time is spent with probationers outside the traditional office setting
Engender the Community as a protective factor against recidivism and use the community to support offender reentry and reintegration
NBS incorporates the offenders family as well as the community to support the offender in reducing criminal behavior
Transportation and Safety Unit
The field work officer (FWO) is a community supervision officer charged with the responsibility for making home and employment visits on high risk clients in accordance with CSCD and CJAD requirements. The FWO helps insure compliance with the conditions of community supervision and reports any supervision violation that may be observed during the performance of field work duties. The substance of each contact must be timely documented in the case narrative and reported on the daily work sheet in an accurate and coherent manner.
- All clients are seen based on the “risk” they pose to the community
- Presently, have 34 officers perform fieldwork duties for Dallas County CSCD
In order to provide the surveillance necessary for the protection of the community and to comply with CSCD requirements, the FWO must often work weekends, late nights and early mornings
- The FWO is assigned a CSCD fleet vehicle for conducting fieldwork
The FWO must communicate effectively in a verbal and written manner, provide help or case coverage to other fieldwork officers when needed, and prepare monthly statistical data as required
The FWO is a member of the supervisory team and works collaboratively with the casework officer in the supervision of maximum risk clients
Motivational Interviewing Training Unit
Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. All community supervision officers are trained in Motivational Interviewing and it is the primary tool used for CSOs supervising high risk caseloads.
Thinking for a Change
Dallas County CSCD
Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program
Court Services Unit
The Court Services Unit is comprised of Seventeen (17) Felony Courts, and Thirteen (13) Misdemeanor Courts
The Dallas County CSCD Court Services Unit provides evidence based practices in all aspects of court management in an effort to encourage positive behavioral change in offenders while maintaining public safety and promoting victim advocacy.
Service Delivery Components:
Providing significant information to the courts to assist the judges with sentencing decision, the issuance of arrest warrants and other judicial actions;
Collaborative partnership with the community to provide research based prevention and intervention services;
Assessing offenders risk/needs in order to help guide decisions regarding treatment services and appropriate level of supervision;
- Managing offender risk by enforcing court orders while providing opportunities for positive behavioral change within our communities;
- Facilitating victim involvement and restorative justice services
Specialty and Problem Solving Courts
The Dallas County CSCD provides for technical assistance and other resources to the following Specialty and Problem Solving Courts. These courts adhere strongly to the federally supported drug court model.
“A DRUG COURT IS DEFINED AS A SPECIAL COURT GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HANDLE CASES INVOLVING DRUG-ADDICTED OFFENDERS THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE SUPERVISION AND TREATMENT PROGRAM. IN THE DRUG COURT MODEL, ALL INTERVENERS WORK TOGETHER TO FORCE THE OFFENDER TO DEAL WITH HIS OR HER ADDICTION. THESE INTERVENERS INCLUDE DEFENSE COUNSEL, PROSECUTORS, JUDGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONAL PERSONNEL, PROBATION OFFICERS, EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL EXPERTS, AND TREATMENT PROVIDERS. IN ADDITION, DRUG COURTS ENSURE CONSISTENT JUDICIAL DECISIONS AND ENHANCE THE COORDINATION OF AGENCIES AND RESOURCES, THUS IMPROVING THE PROGRAM'S COST-EFFECTIVENESS.”
Allison C. Colker, Esq., National Conference of State Legislatures – December 2004
DIVERT (Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment)
Judge Robert Burns/ Criminal District Court #1
Divert Court began on May 1, 1998. Clients accepted into this program are on for:
- first time felony arrests
- 3rd degree felony
- or a state jail felony
Clients must be diagnosed with a substance abuse problem that requires treatment. Treatment may include inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. The program is 12-18 months in length. Two years after a client successfully completes this program and there have been no new arrest, the arrest of this charge will be expunged.
The average number of clients served is 110.
- Must be the defendants first time felony arrest
- A 3rd degree felony or
- A state jail felony
How do I refer clients to this program?
The defendant or his attorney must contact the court within 90-days of the indictment
The referral process for this program must be imitated by the court coordinator.
IIP- (Intensive Intervention Program)
Judge Ernest White / 194th Judicial District Court
The IIP court was initiated on September 1, 2007. This court is designed to serve the high risk offender who continues to have technical violation along with criminal thinking errors. Most clients are referred to this court through our satellite offices as failures or non-compliant with the programming within the Intensive Intervention Groups (IIG). The primary goals of the court is to focus clients on thinking positive with regards to their educational needs, obtaining employment, and remaining drug free.
The program is 12-18 months in length with an average census of 60 clients.
STAC – (Successful Treatment of Addiction through Collaboration)
Judge Lela Mays / Magistrate Judge
Judge Gracie Lewis/ Criminal District Court #3
The STAC Court was initiated in September 1, 2007. Clients are assigned to court after having successfully completed six months of inpatient treatment for substance abuse at the Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center in Wilmer, Texas. All clients receive an in-depth clinical assessment prior to their treatment. This re-entry court promotes sobriety through the assistance of intensive outpatient treatment, supportive outpatient treatment, individual counseling, probation supervision and the twelve step recovery program.
The program is 12-18 months with an average census of 350 participating clients.
The Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center (JTC) is a post adjudication Drug Court which integrates therapeutic judicial oversight, specialized aftercare treatment and multi-disciplinary case management to persons placed on Felony Probation in Dallas County.
How do I refer clients to this program?
All clients coming into STAC Court must be referred directly from Phoenix House residential treatment facility, after successful completion of the program.
Felony DWI Program
Judge Tracy Holmes / 363rd Judicial District Court
The felony DWI court was initiated on July 15, 2008. These clients have been convicted of at least three DWI convictions. Some of the clients come from the Dallas County Judicial Treatment program and or the inpatiene SAFPF program run by the Texas Department of Corrections. This re-entry court prominence is sobriety thru the assistance of intensive outpatient treatment, supportive outpatient treatment, individual counseleing, and the twelve steprecovery program. Clients are also monitored with technology to detect possible alcohol and drug use.
This program is 12-18 months with an average census of 35 clients.
- Clients must have a Felony 3rd or more conviction
- Clients must be accepted into the program by the court team
4C/SAFPF Re-Entry Court
4C (SAFPF Re-entry Court)
Judge Robert Francis / George Allen Court
The 4C / SAFPF Re-Entry Court was initiated on February 1, 2009. These clients have all successfully completed SAFPF inpatient treatment program run by the Texas Department of Corrections and are returning to Dallas County for probation supervision. The court is designed to serve the very high risk client with long criminal history and an extensive substance abuse problem.
The 4C / SAFPF Re-Entry court promotes sobriety thru the assistance of intensive outpatient treatment, supportive outpatient treatment, individual counseling, and the twelve step recovery program.
This program is 9-12 months with an average census of 220 clients.
The 4C program is a Drug Court which integrates therapeutic judicial oversight, specialized aftercare treatment and multi-disciplinary case management to persons placed on Felony Probation in Dallas County. All clients in this program must successfully complete the 6-month residential portion of SAFPF in order to qualify.
How do I refer clients to this program?
All clients who enter this program come directly from a SAFPF Facility.
Youthful Offender Court (coming soon)
Judge Michael Snipes / Criminal District Court #7
The Veteran’s Court was initiated on May 1, 2010. This court operates on a diversion model and is authorized to provide service as promulgated by the Texas State Legislature. The court functions in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration which provides all direct treatment services for eligible clients. To be considered as a candidate to participate in the court, the client substance abuse problem, mental health issues and alleged criminal behavior must be directly associated with the client’s combat participation in a theatre of armed conflict.
This program is designed to be 6-12 months and with a projected census of 45 clients.
- The Veteran must have an honorable discharge or currently on Active Duty
- Served in a Combat Zone (or equivalent service)
- No felony convictions OR deferred adjudication probations for felony offenses
- Current offense must not be DWI
- Mental health assessor must find;
- Mental Disease or Defect
- The Mental Disease or Defect contributed to the charged offense
- Must have a CATS evaluation
Dual Diagnosis Court (DDC)
Dual Diagnosis Aftercare Court (DDC)
Judge Jennifer Balido/ 291st Judicial District Court
The Dual Diagnosis Court was initiated on May 1, 2008. All clients have a clinical assessment diagnosing a mental health condition. Clients accepted into this program complete inpatient treatment for 90 days at the Dual Diagnosis Center at the Dallas County Judicial TreatmentCenter in Wilmer, Texas. Upon completing residential treatment all clients are then referred to this unique re-entry court. Once in the court, the probation officer and assigned case managers will work with the client to maintain their medication regimen and address their ongoing substance abuse issues. The court works in partnership with the local county mental health service providers.
The program is 6-9 months with an average census of 180 clients.
The Dallas County Dual Diagnosis Court (DDC) is a post adjudication problem-solving court which integrates therapeutic judicial oversight, specialized treatment and multi-disciplinary case management to persons placed on Felony Probation in Dallas County who ALSO have been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder.
How do I refer clients to this program?
All clients coming into the Dual Diagnosis Court must be referred directly from the Phoenix House residential Dual Diagnosis Treatment facility, after successful completion of the program.
ATLAS Court - Achieving True Liberty and Success
(Felony Mental Health Court)
Judge Teresa Hawthorne / 203rd Judicial District Court
The ATLAS Court was initiated on January 1, 2006. Clients accepted into this program must have a diagnosed mental health conditions issue and have a motion to revoke probation pending against them. This court works in very close partnership with the county mental health service treatment providers. Clients are monitored by specialized community supervision officers and mental health case managers to insure medication compliance, probation conditions and counseling attendance.
The program length is 12 months with an average client census of 60 clients.
Defendant must have a current FELONY CASE (Pre/Post Sentence)
- Pre-sentence cases must be recommended by the court.
- Post-sentence must be in revocation status, or in court with a violation
- Must have a CATS evaluation
Clients must meet the criteria of Axis I Diagnosis and a willingness to work the program, which includes weekly reporting, weekly court appearances, SOP, IOP, and taking prescribed medication.
STAR Court - Strengthening, Transition and Recovery
(Felony Prostitution Court)
Judge Lena Levario / 204th Judicial District Court
The STAR Court was initiated on July 1, 2008. Participants accepted into this program are women, adjudicated for felony prostitution and placed on probation. Clients either complete treatment at the Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center, the Dallas County Dual Diagnosis Center or the state prison SAFPF program. Specialized community supervision officers provide for very regular supervision and case management. Outpatient treatment is provided if indicated via diagnosis and clinical assessment. Local contracted residential treatment programs provide the anchor to community based drug, alcohol and mental health treatment.
The program is 12-18 months with an average census of 35 clients.
To participate in STAR court the client must:
- Live in Dallas County
- Have been charged with prostitution 3rd or more
- Be willing to leave sexually oriented businesses
- Must have a CATS recommendation.
If your client has an assaultive history her participation in Star court will be determined on a case by case basis.
Misdemeanor DWI Program
Judge Dan Patterson / County Criminal Court #1
The Misdemeanor DWI Court was initiated on September 1, 2006. Clients accepted in to this program have at least two misdemeanor DWI arrest, or their first DWI arrest confirmed a breath test of .16 or higher. And/or there was an accident at the time of arrest. All clients that enter the program will have their probation sentence reduced to only one year of supervision. This specialty court mandates client sobriety thru the assistance of intensive outpatient treatment, supportive outpatient treatment, individual counseling, and the twelve step recovery program. Clients are also monitored with technology to detect possible alcohol and or drug use.
This program is 12 months long and the average census is 75 clients.
- Must have no more than two Misd. DWI convictions
- DWI w/BAC .15
- DWI w/no Accident
- Must live in Dallas County or 7 surrounding Counties
Domestic Violence Courts
Judge Roberto Canas / County Criminal Court #10
Judge Elizabeth Frizell / County Criminal Court #11
The first Domestic Violence Court was established in Dallas County in 1996. The second court was established in 1999. Each court disposes of at least 4000 cases per year. Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior, including physical violence, assaults, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, isolation, threats and intimidation. In 1998 Dallas County began a Victim Services Unit to assist the victims of domestic violence.
Misd. Mental Health Court
Misdemeanor Mental Health Court
Judge Kristin Wade / County Criminal Court APP1
The Misdemeanor Mental Health Court was initiated on September 1, 2004. This is a true diversion court. Clients that successfully complete this 6 months program will have misdemeanor case dismissed by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. This court and its assigned specialized community supervision officer works very closely with county mental health service providers to insure that all clients are participating in treatment and are regularly taking their medication as directed.
The program is voluntary. The average census is 45 clients.
- Clients in this program must be pre-adjudication.
How do I refer a client to this program?
Most referrals from this court come from the D.A’s office.
PRIDE Court – Positive Recovery Intensive Divert Experience
(Misdemeanor Prostitution Court)
Judge Peggy Hoffman / County Criminal Court #9
The PRIDE Court was initiated on February 1, 2009. Female clients, arrested for misdemeanor prostitution, are referred through the program through general jail review and from the Dallas Police Department’s Prostitution Initiative and/or thru the misdemeanor courts. The court and the specialized community supervision officer assigned, work closely with the drug, alcohol and mental health providers within the county to provide for treatment services for participating clients.
This program ranges form 6-9 months and is designed to maintain an average census of 35 clients.
- Clients referred to this court must be pre-adjudication
- Cannot have a Felony prostitution conviction