The Jefferson County Community Supervision & Corrections Department (CSCD) serves the following county and district courts
252nd District Court
279th District Court
317th District Court
County Court at Law #2
County Court at Law #3
Criminal District Court
- Drug Impact Court
Judge's that preside over the courts listed above possess the authority to
sentence adult offenders to a term of community supervision.
The Jefferson County CSCD is responsible for supervising the
offenders and monitoring their compliance with the conditions set forth by the court.
Divisions of the Jefferson County CSCD
encompasses a combination of Pre-Sentence
Investigation(s) and Supervision.
PSI: Serving the county and district courts, three basic
functions exist in P.S.I.;
preparation of P.S.I. reports required by the Courts for
sentencing purposes, preparation
of incarceration packets and serving as liaison between
the Courts and the Probation Department.
Generally referenced as the Intake Unit,
this unit also includes the
Processes cases that are received from the Felony or
Misdemeanor courts in Jefferson County as well as probationers
transferring into Jefferson County from other jurisdictions.
Transfer Out: Monitors offenders who have their
probation cases transferred to other jurisdictions within the
state and also outside of the state of Texas.
County Drug Intervention
(J.C.D.I.) Unit also includes
the Drug Rehabilitation Orientation Program (DROP), Substance
Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) caseloads and
out-patient drug and alcohol treatment in a Drug Court setting
for clients who are addicted or abusing substances. Average
length of stay in JCDI is one year.
DROP: a monitoring and education
program that consists of random urinalysis testing and
substance abuse assignments. Average length of the program is
4 – 6 months.
SAFPF: A long term treatment program for drug and alcohol
addiction consisting of 6-12 months in a SAFPF Facility followed
by approximately 90 days in a residential treatment center and
finishing with up to nine months in a supportive out-patient
Pre-Trial Diversion: Clients are
approved for this program by the District Attorney and usually
consist of first time offenders. Clients must report to a
supervising officer, abide by a set of probation rules including
curfew, attend classes that address their needs and pay a
program fee. Average length of stay in the pre-trial diversion
program is one year.
Intensive Supervision Probation
relates to specialized services that exist for
specific risk(s) and/or need(s) of an offender. They are as
Caseloads: Offenders who are extremely high risk with histories
of violent or assaultive offenses are assigned to these
caseloads. 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 search, and GED testing to
aid them in redirecting their behavior. Law enforcement is
utilized in making “curfew checks” in the home.
Officer’s are trained specifically to supervise this type
High/Medium Need Caseload: The
intent of this caseload is to target offenders with high to
medium needs such as food, clothing, and shelter by providing
access to the available community resources. The caseload
mainly consists of single parents or pregnant women who have
unstable living arrangements and are in need of a valid ID/DL,
social security card or General Equivalency Development (GED).
Other offenders on this caseload are high school students or
offenders with physical/mental disabilities. (Unemployment is
not the target for this caseload).
Health Initiative caseload: This caseload provides supervision
to offenders who have a clinical diagnosis of a mental
illness. Officers are trained specifically to supervise this
type of offender. They also have a team approach with the local
mental health professionals who are involved in their
treatment plan. The Officer has frequent contact with the
offender and the Forensic Case Management Team to assist with
keeping the offender stable while in the community.
Developmentally Delayed Caseload: Offenders on this caseload
generally have an IQ of 70 or below and may have physical
disabilities and/or substantial limitations to their self-care.
They may suffer from a degenerative disorder such as dementia
caused by a head injury or disease. Officers are trained
specifically to supervise these offenders. They work closely
with the local mental health professionals who are involved in
their treatment plan. The Officer has frequent contact with
the offender and the Service Provider to assist with keeping the
offender stable while in the community.
Sex Offender Caseload - Registers
offenders with the Department of Public Safety, corresponds with
local law enforcement for sex offender registration
purposes, works in close conjunction with law enforcement to
ensure compliance with registration, collects DNA samples for
the Department of Public Safety sex offender database,
administers polygraphs, monitors computer and internet
activities of sex offenders, monitors treatment plan to ensure
compliance, attends quarterly case staffings with a local
Psychologist who specializes in treatment of Sex Offenders and
attends weekly meetings at the Garth House.
Community Service Restitution
(CSR): All defendants on probation are required to perform
community service restitution in accordance with the level of
their offense. The Jefferson County CSCD employs staff members
to coordinate the program and maintains contracts with over 75
non-profit and governmental agencies where defendants perform
CSR work. The CSR staff also conducts special projects
throughout the year to assist area food pantries and schools
office is located in Port Arthur, serving
offenders in the community of which they live and work. The
location of the office increases the opportunity for compliance
which may serve to reduce violations and/or recidivism. Our
staff is motivated to provide the best quality service to meet
the needs of offenders and the community that we serve. Staff is
further dedicated to the revitalization project to improve
South County At Large by referring offenders and other
individuals to local employment training programs. The Port
Arthur office is able to provide basic direct supervision to
misdemeanor and felony offenders. For those offenders that have
been identified as needing specialty services, including
substance abuse and mental health needs, delivery of those
services are provided here as well as Driving While Intoxicated
and Texas Drug Education Classes.
Jefferson County Women’s Center is a
residential facility housing 60 female adult non-violent felony
and misdemeanor offenders in lieu of incarceration in TDCJ.
The Women’s Center program incorporates Evidence Based
Practices and focuses on diversion from the institutional
division. The program is designed to meet the traditional
mission of protection of the community and rehabilitation of
the offender and the additional mission of diversion from the
institutional division while addressing the unique needs and
risks of female offenders.
While in the Center, the ladies participate in a number of
rehabilitative programs aimed at their diversion and successful
reintegration into the community. Among the programs are
substance abuse intervention, cognitive programming and
pro-social problem solving to over come criminal thinking,
community service, employment, education/GED, family dynamics,
anger management, budgeting and other basic life skills that
enable women to remain crime free. The Center uses progressive
sanctions in dealing with behavior issues. The length of stay
in the program is three to twenty-four months with an average
of seven months.
Upon entry, each resident is assessed by a licensed
professional counselor and a registered nurse. Those
probationers with mental health needs receive services from
Jefferson County MHMR. Probationers with substance abuse
issues will either participate in the Jefferson County Drug
Intervention Program or Right Choice Adult Outpatient Program.
Eligibility criteria for entry in the Women’s Center are
that the offender is an adult female, on felony or misdemeanor
probation, not sentenced or placed on probation for a felony
offense under Title 5 of the Penal Code, not caused serious
bodily injury or death of another as result of the commission of
the offense, not used a deadly weapon during the commission of
the offense or flight from the offense and that the offender is
Jefferson County Women’s
Center not only serves Jefferson County, but 55 other
jurisdictions in Texas. The Women’s Center offers Texas
judges an alternative sentencing tool as recommended by the
Judicial Advisory Council.
Supervision Officers interview and appropriately assess
felony and misdemeanor offenders, establishing
risk(s) and identifying criminogenic needs to develop
supervision plans with specific objectives to attain, monitor
compliance with court ordered conditions, and communicate with
the specific Court as the need arises. Offenders are assisted in
meeting those objectives with guidance, encouragement and
referrals to other resource agencies as necessary, as a means
for the offender to become a productive and law abiding
citizen. Supervision Officers also have a duty to protect the
community by keeping the Judge informed in a timely manner of
any infractions or violations committed by the