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Correctional Institutions Division

Security Threat Group Management Office

The Security Threat Group Management Office (STGMO) proactively identifies and effectively monitors and manages offender groups and their members who pose a threat to the safety and security of TDCJ units, staff, offenders, and the public, through targeted intelligence collection and analysis as well as timely dissemination of appropriate information. STGMO provides oversight, training, and technical support for the unit-level staff who gather information on the activities of security threat group (STG) members. STGMO works closely with the Fusion Center by sharing information on security threat groups and their members.

Gang Renouncement and Disassociation (GRAD) Process

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has initiated a process, which provides a method for offenders to renounce their membership with a known security threat group (STG). This procedure is called the Gang Renouncement and Disassociation Process (GRAD). Offenders willing to renounce their gang affiliation will be required to participate in the nine month process and associated activities until successful completion is attained.

After successfully completing the GRAD process, the offender will be released into general population and assigned to a unit recommended by the State Classification Committee. If the offender is found to be involved in STG activities after release to general population, the offender will be returned to administrative segregation and will not be allowed to participate in the GRAD process again. The offender must express to the unit STG officer in written form, a desire to renounce membership in the STG. The STGMO shall make the final decision on any matters pertaining to the GRAD process. In order to be eligible to participate in the GRAD process, an offender shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Have not been involved in any STG activities for a minimum of one year;
  2. Have a completed and signed Gang Member Disassociation Packet;
  3. Have been assigned to administrative segregation Level I (IA) for the previous six months prior to enrollment;
  4. Have not received any Level I major disciplinary cases for offender assault, staff assault, aggressive sexual misconduct or weapon possession for at least two years prior to enrollment.  All other Level 1 major disciplinary cases shall be reviewed on a case by case basis after a period of one year;
  5. Have not received any Level 2 or Level 3 major disciplinary cases for at least six months prior to enrollment;
  6. The following security precaution designators:  Escape (ES), Staff Assault (SA), or Hostage Situation (HS) are reviewed by the State Classification Committee for consideration on an individual case by case basis.
  7. Have not previously completed the Administrative Segregation Diversion Program (ASDP) or GRAD process.

GRAD Process is nine (9) months in length:


Phase I (Approximately 2 months)

Curriculum: Substance abuse classes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Chaplaincy videos.

Phase II (Approximately 4 months)

Curriculum: Cognitive intervention, anger management/substance abuse, criminal addictive behavior.

Phase III (Approximately 3 months)

Curriculum: 1/2-day work schedule, laundry, fields, food service, 1/2-day unit programs.

Each group or class represents a mixture of STGs in order to maintain a balance of ethnicity, length of sentence, and other similar demographics, in the process.

Administrative Segregation Diversion Program (ASDP)

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has initiated a process, which provides a method for offenders who have been assigned to administrative segregation as a member of a security threat group on a previous incarceration, to renounce their membership with the security threat group (STG). This procedure is called the Administrative Segregation Diversion Program (ASDP). Offenders willing to renounce their gang affiliation will be required to participate in the six month process and associated activities until successful completion is attained.

After successfully completing the ASDP process, the offender will be released into general population and assigned to a unit recommended by the State Classification Committee. If the offender does not successfully complete the ASDP process they will be assigned to administrative segregation by a member of the State Classification committee. If an offender is found to be involved in STG activities after release to general population, the offender will be returned to administrative segregation and will not be allowed to participate in the ASDP or GRAD process again. The offender must express to the unit STG officer in written form, a desire to renounce membership in the STG. The STGMO shall make the final decision on any matters pertaining to the ASDP process. In order to be eligible to participate in the ASDP process, an offender shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Currently be confirmed as a member of a STG by STGMO within TDCJ;
  2. Have been out of any federal, state, or county confinement for a minimum 12 consecutive months, before returning to any custody;
  3. Must have completed and signed the ASDP Participation and Renouncement form; and,
  4. Have not previously completed the ASDP or GRAD process.

ASDP Program is six (6) months in length:


Phase I (Approximately 2 months)

Curriculum: Substance abuse classes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Chaplaincy videos.

Phase II (Approximately 4 months)

Curriculum: Cognitive intervention, anger management/substance abuse, criminal addictive behavior.

 

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