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Community supervision & Corrections Department
(Adult Probation)

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

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.


Assessment Center

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.


Assessment, Treatment, and Research Services (ATRS)

The Assessment, Treatment, and Research Services (ATRS) 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. ATRS provides in-house intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in English and Spanish and specialty IOP programs such as Dual Diagnosis. ATRS refers and/or contracts out to supportive outpatient programs and residential substance abuse treatment. ATRS 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 ATRS


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.
  • Felony only with diagnosed drug abuse or dependence
  • No title V offenses
  • Major Mental Illness (Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder)
  • Court order entry only
  • Not imminently suicidal or homicidal
  • Males and females
  • For expanded admissions criteria please contact ATRS


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

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 ATRS

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 ATRS 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 ATRS for further information on this specialized service


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.


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

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

Thinking for a Change

Dallas County CSCD
Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program
  • Cognitive approaches to changing offender behavior
  • Curriculum cores problem solving, cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions
  • Systemic approach to identifying thinking, beliefs, attitudes and values
  • Total of 22 lessons developed to empower each participant in their own learning and self development, providing a forum for continued skill and cognitive development
  • Each group has 2 facilitators to facilitate and teach its contents
  • Goal : to effect change in thinking so that behavior is positively impacted

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


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.


Allison C. Colker, Esq., National Conference of State Legislatures – December 2004



(Achieving True Liberty and Success)


Judge:  Teresa Hawthorne

Date Started:  January 1, 2006

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals: To co-exist with their mental health condition and reconnect with their Mental Health Provider.

Elgibility Requirements: 

  • Must have a current Felony Court (Pre-Pose sentence) case.
  • Must be recommended by the court.
  • Post-sentence must be in revocation status or in court with a violation.
  • Must be referred by ATRS and have an Axis I mental illness diagnosis.
  • Clients must be Northstar eligible.
  • Clients must be referred by ATRS.

Referral Source:  All Felony Courts

Treatment and Intervention:  Metrocare

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Supervised by specialty court officers who will assist in providing referrals to community mental heath vendors.
  • Clients are held accountable and client's mental health status is monitored, including their medication compliance.

Average Caseload:  Not to exceed 35 participants




(Dual Diagnosis After Care)

Judge:  Jennifer Bennett

Date Started:  May 1, 2008

Length of Participation:  6 - 18 months

Goals:  To integrate therapeutic judicial oversight, specialized treatment and multi-disciplinary case management to high risk-high needs person placed on Felony probation who have been deagnosed with a co-occurring disorder.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be placed on Felony Probation (deferred or regular).
  • Clients who meet the criteria for Dual Diagnosis, must be referred by ATRS.
  • Court ordered
  • No title 5 offense
  • No hold from any other Jurisdiction
  • Pending felony charges may disqualify the probationer.

Referral Source: Probationers that complete the DDC program at the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center.

Treatment and Intervention:  IPS and Metrocare

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Clients learn tools on how to live with a co-occurring diagnosis.
  • Clients will have contact with a menatl health provider.
  • Clients become stablized on medications, and attend and complete counseling for substance abuse.

Average Caseload:  30 participants not to exceed 60


(Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment)

Judge:  Robert Burns

Date Started:  January 6, 1998

Length of Participation:  12 - 18 months

Goals:  Provide early screening, assessment, and court intervention.  Provide effective case management.  Provide an integrated program of drug treatment, substance abuse educaiton, and rehabilitation services.  Promote public safety by reducing revidivism.

Elgibility Requirements: 

  • Clients must be assessed and diagnosed with a substance abuse problem that requires treatment.  Treatment may include inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Non-violent first felony arrest.
  • First time Felony drug offender with no prior felony criminal history.

Referral Source:  Assistant District Attorney's office or private attorney.

Treatment and Intervention:  CSCD Assessment Treatment & Research Services (ATRS) and the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center.

Benefits for Participation:

  • All cases are Pre-adjudicated once they successfully complete program the case is dismissed.
  • Clients are introduced to treatment.

Average Caseload:  40 participants

DWI Court

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.


Eligibility Requirements:

    • 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.

Eligibility Requirement:

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)

Veterans Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Court

Judge Dominique Collins/ Criminal District Court #4

The Veteran’s Treatment 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

    • 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 ATRS evaluation

Texas Veterans Commison Fund logo

This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance.
The Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organization serving veterans and their families.


Dual Diagnosis Court (DDC)

Dual Diagnosis Aftercare Court (DDC)

Judge Jennifer Bennett/ 265th 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

 Eligibility Requirements:

           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 ATRS 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

STAR Court - Strengthening, Transition and Recovery

(Felony Prostitution Court)

Judge Elizabeth Frizell/ Criminal District Court #7

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

          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 ATRS recommendation.

 If your client has an assaultive history her participation in Star court will be determined on a case by case basis. 


Felony Domestic Violence Court Program - FDVCP

Felony Domestic Violence Court Program - FDVCP

Judge Rick Magnis / 283rd Judicial District Court

The Felony Domestic Violence Court Program was initiated on January 17, 2014. Clients are recommended following the completion of a ATRS evaluation or a Forensic Domestic Violence Risk (ATRS) evaluation and the case being staffed with the clinical FDVC supervisor to determine the appropriateness of the recommendation. All clients receive an in-depth Forensic Domestic Violence Risk assessment. This court program integrates judicial oversight informed by specialized community stakeholders and treatment providers to promote victim and community safety as well as offender accountability while engaging in treatment. The multi-disciplinary court team will include Presiding Judge, attorney, local police, probation officer and supervisor, clinical assessor and supervisor, victim advocate, BIPP provider, and monitoring provider. All participants will participate in an enhanced BIPP program designed for high risk offenders. The participants will also participate in additional treatment as needed such as substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, etc.

The program is 9-16 months with an estimated average census of 40 participating clients.

Eligibility Requirements:

The client has to be probation eligible and have a documented history of domestic violence or a current severe domestic violence charge. The client has to complete a ATRS evaluation and be recommended after a case staffing for appropriateness.

How do I refer clients to this program?

All clients coming into the FDVC program must be referred directly from The Presiding Judge following an eligibility determination and recommendation by ATRS.



DWI Court

Misdemeanor DWI Program

Judge Elizabeth Crowder/ County Criminal Court #7

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

    • 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 Shequitta Kelly / 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

    • 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

    • Clients referred to this court must be pre-adjudication
    • Cannot have a Felony prostitution conviction