Community Justice Assistance Division
TDCJ - CJAD Sections
TDCJ - CJAD Sections: Detailed Descriptions
Executive Administration - The division director manages the division, with advice from an advisory council of judges and citizens. The director also represents the division in matters brought before the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. The deputy director helps manage the division and represents the division in the absence of the director. The division director for internal operations reports to the deputy director and is responsible for three sections - Data Management, Fiscal Management and Administrative Services. The public information specialist writes press releases and copy for division publications. An assistant general counsel is assigned to the division from TDCJ's Office of the General Counsel. Counsel gives general legal advice to the division and interprets legal matters for the community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs.
TDCJ-CJAD sections are managed by section directors:
Administrative Services - The Human Resources unit coordinates the hiring of employees, keeps employees up-to-date on changes in human resources policy and ensures that the division complies with state and federal laws. In the Resource Services unit, the Victims Services coordinator responds to complaints and inquiries from victims. The coordinator also helps community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs provide programs and services to victims and issues an annual report on restitution. The ombudsman responds to complaints and inquiries from the public and issues an annual report on volunteerism. The graphic designer designs division publications and other materials. The Support Services unit gives administrative and technical support to the division and its advisory council. Duties include handling division mail, coordinating travel and managing supplies.
Data Management - The Research and Evaluation unit researches the effectiveness of the state's community supervision programs and compiles basic community supervision statistics. The unit also helps community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs conduct their own research projects. The CSTS unit manages the division's Community Supervision Tracking System (CSTS). When completed, the system will contain data on each offender who is on supervision in the state. The data is collected electronically from each supervision department and is updated weekly. The CSTS Unit maintains the quality of the data and gives technical help to the reporting departments. The Information Systems Management unit designs computer systems for the division and maintains various databases.
Field Services - TDCJ-CJAD has divided the state's 121 community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs into three regions of about 40 departments. Each Regional Unit is managed by a regional director from Field Services. Field Services staff, which includes budget specialists, auditors and planners, reviews and approves each department's Community Justice Plan (CJP), which outlines the department's programs and services for the two years the department receives state funds. The CJP is a mandate of the Legislature and is approved by the district judges and a community justice council before it is submitted to TDCJ-CJAD. Field Service staff visit each department and its residential facilities to evaluate programs and services and help the department comply with state and federal standards and laws.
The Budget unit reviews requests from community supervision and corrections departments for funding. The unit monitors the community supervision and corrections departments' budgets and expenditures to ensure budget integrity and compliance with laws and standards. The unit analyzes the funding of programs, reviews contracts between CSCDs and service providers to ensure accountability of state funds and provides CSCDs with technical assistance.
The Residential unit monitors the CSCDs' residential facilities. The facilities are restitution centers, court residential treatment centers, intermediate sanctions facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities and boot camps. The unit consults with the planning staff during the review of the residential program proposals. It also works with the State Jail Division of TDCJ to assist with that division's rehabilitation programs. State jails incarcerate offenders convicted of fourth degree felonies. Some state jails are managed by community supervision and corrections departments.
Fiscal Mangement - The Accounting Services unit monitors TDCJ-CJAD's operating budget. It also distributes state funding and grants to community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs and other funding recipients and monitors their financial activities.
The Monitoring unit ensures the accountability of the funds that are distributed. It does so by conducting its own reviews of community supervision and corrections departments and the vendors with whom they contract (such as substance abuse treatment facilities) and by reviewing annual audits performed by independent certified public accountants.
Program Services - The SAFPF unit helps community supervision and corrections departments or CSCDs, criminal justice personnel, district courts and treatment staff admit, release and supervise offenders in the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility or SAFPF ("Safe P") program. The SAFPF program offers nine months of intensive in-patient treatment to more than 4,000 addicted felons in 11 prison-like facilities in Texas. The unit also works with other TDCJ divisions, supervision departments and treatment professionals to transfer more than 5,000 SAFPF graduates into the year-long aftercare part of the SAFPF program. The unit gives technical help and training about the program and other issues related to providing treatment for multi-need substance-abusing offenders.
The TAIP unit awards grants to the community supervision and corrections departments to screen, assess and treat offenders who are arrested on drug or alcohol-related crimes (Class B misdemeanors or greater) and placed in the Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Program or TAIP ("Tap"). All indigent offenders who are charged with a Class B misdemeanor or greater offense qualify to participate in TAIP. The program gives local courts a viable and effective alternative to prison; one that rehabilitates offenders, reduces crime caused by substance abuse or addiction, and preserves prison beds for violent felons. To ensure that services are cost-effective throughout the state, TAIP also gives technical help to local jurisdictions and oversees the contracting process between supervision departments and local treatment providers. The Treatment Specialist works with community supervision and corrections departments, TDCJ, the division and the public to enhance treatment services for offenders. The specialist develops programs for special populations, including sex offenders, substance abusers, the elderly, offenders who are terminally ill or are mentally or physically impaired. The Treatment Specialist gives technical help to program employees, monitors trends in treatment and helps develop and evaluate programs.
Training & Staff Development - Offers training and professional development workshops to TDCJ-CJAD and community supervision and corrections department or CSCDs employees. It also sponsors the Annual Skills for Effective Intervention Conference, an annual statewide conference for professionals in community supervision.
Certification - Training and Staff Development trains and certifies community supervision officers to work in Texas. It also certifies officers to work in residential facilities and trains them to apply TDCJ-CJAD rules and standards to their work.
Technical & professional training - Training and Staff Development offers supervision department and TDCJ-CJAD employees technical and professional training in areas such as how to supervise certain offenders and how to manage and motivate employees. It also helps TDCJ-CJAD sections develop technical training for departments and trains officers to train other officers in their region.