The mission of the Department is to protect the public
through court ordered sanctions and offer services that will allow the offender
to become a productive member of the community.
The Department will be responsive to the victims of crime, be fiscally
responsible with the taxpayer’s money, and promote the highest professional
The process of community supervision in Callahan, Coleman,
and Taylor Counties
is through the following diversity of functions:
Providing a range of appropriate sentencing alternatives which facilitates the
development of appropriate social behavior by offenders, while protecting the
public safety and interests of the community.
Utilizing the continuum of sanctions based on the assessment of each defendant.
Providing timely, relevant and accurate information to the courts and other
community justice agencies for use in the assessment of offenders at both the
pre-dispositional and post-dispositional levels of the criminal justice system.
Providing for an efficient and effective community justice system by
coordinating the efforts of all participants.
Developing expanded information gathering and analysis to allow for the
monitoring of the effectiveness of existing programs and indicating areas of
need within the local community justice system.
Promoting support for a broader understanding of community corrections through a
more active and effective public relations and information strategy.
This mission statement is based on the premise that
community supervision is a viable sanction available to the court, and that
community supervision can assist probationers to live a life of freedom through
law-abiding behavior and compliance with conditions of supervision.
To accomplish this mission, the department will:
Be characterized by quality, equity and accountability.
- Supervision of the offender must be provided
at the highest level of quality.
Assessment of probationer needs and
treatment referrals/resources must be orchestrated with equity for all
- The department must maintain accountability
for demonstrated results and continuous improvement.
Attract, acquire and retain the highest quality personnel.
Be managed and organized to be most effective and efficient.
In accepting the responsibilities of this philosophy,
the Judiciary, Community Justice Council and CSCD pledge to provide community
supervision that is comprehensive, yet superior at all levels
LONG RANGE GOALS
Our LONG RANGE GOALS are to plan, organize, manage and
operate a CSCD that will meet the needs of offenders suitable for our sanctions
and protect society. This will be
done through continuation of basic community supervision, supervision by means
of intermediate sanctions, as well as developing new and/or additional
alternatives to divert defendants from the state Institutional Division and the
county jail. This department's goal
is to accept the challenges by providing active intervention to supervise and
control the offender in the community, with the desired outcome of decreasing
the incidence and impact of crime, resulting in overall cost effective
The following are some short term objectives we intend to
achieve to keep offenders out of jail and prison to reach our LONG RANGE GOALS:
- Allow localities to increase the
involvement and responsibility in developing sentencing programs that provide
effective sanctions for criminal defendants;
- provide increased opportunities for
criminal defendants to make restitution to victims of crime through financial
reimbursement or community service;
- provide increased use of community
penalties designed specifically to meet local needs; and
- promote efficiency and economy
in the delivery of community-based correctional programs consistent with the
objectives defined by law.
In addition to crime and recidivism prevention,
diversion/deterrence and supervision by means of the Continuum of Sanctions and
other programs, the above mentioned short term objectives and LONG RANGE GOALS
are and will continue to be enhanced by:
- staff development and training with
Quality Control Management of case management and programs;
- development of needed programming in
order for the MISSION STATEMENT to be a reality;
- development of approaches and
connections with community resources to provide input and information that will
contribute to our objectives, goals, and services;
- cooperatively work with all agencies to
avoid unnecessary duplication of services;
- utilize student interns and volunteers
to enrich our system;
- promote programs that will increase
offender awareness of the impetus their crimes have on the lives of victims;
- communicate to the citizenry that
community-based corrections can be profitable for all citizens, and encourage
all to join in cooperative action to ensure that everyone will profit;
- develop community-based intermediate
sanctions/sentencing alternatives for dealing with technical violations;
- examine what works in community
corrections and develop strategies for community supervision by monitoring
compliance of offenders to conditions of community supervision and carrying out
all other judicial orders;
- provide community supervision
enhancement programs and/or services;
- provide an appropriate range of
sentencing options to the courts to allow for the rehabilitation of offenders in
a manner consistent with the cost effective utilization of resources and the
safety of the community;
- provide treatment for the
- provide treatment for the sex offender;
- promulgate public educational awareness
regarding the range of criminality and the effective accomplishments of
To summarize, our LONG RANGE GOALS represent what we are
intending to achieve and/or what we purport to do to keep offenders out of jail
and/or prison through sound framework for the practical implementation of a
continuum of community sanctions. We
plan to continue providing defendants opportunities to be productive,
law-abiding members of society and welcomed participants in the life of the
community and repay the victim and/or community for the damage they have done.
This will be done by programs that are designed as prevention incentives
for productivity to recidivism disincentives by means of therapeutic justice;
literacy/educational skills, life skill strategies, personal adjustment
training, alcohol and drug educational awareness and/or treatment, financial
management, occupational skills, and experiences in positive environments.