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Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division

Cody Ginsel, Director, PFCMOD
Cody Ginsel
Director

The mission of the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division is to protect the interests of the State of Texas, through ensuring constitutionally safe and sound facilities by means of effective management, an efficient monitoring system, and on-going communication between the Agency and its contracted representatives.

Contact:

Huntsville Office

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 300
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437- 2811

Austin Office

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 270
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 671-2500

Overview

The division is responsible for oversight and monitoring of contracts for privately operated secure facilities as well as community based facilities, which includes substance abuse treatment services.

Private Correctional Centers

There are seven (7) privately operated correctional centers (includes Lockhart Work Program – see below) that house Correctional Institutions Division (CID) minimum custody offenders. These offenders may remain on these facilities as long as they maintain minimum custody status.

Private State Jail Facilities

There are three (3) privately operated state jails that house state jail felons as well as CID transfer offenders. State jail felons are incarcerated for a two (2) year period or less.

Lockhart Work Program

There is one (1) work program facility. This facility is a special unit operating a Private Sector/Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PS/PIECP), commonly referred to as a PIE program. This program is exempt from federal constraints placed on offender-made goods and on the sale of such goods both interstate commerce and to the federal government. Offenders participating in the PIE program agree to pay a percentage of their earned income for room and board, cost of supervision, restitution, crime victim’s compensation, savings and dependent care. Offenders also have the opportunity to participate in educational programs such as adult basic education, GED and life skills. In addition, vocational programs are offered to enhance opportunities to gain meaningful employment upon release to supervision.

Halfway House (HWH)

There are eight (8) privately operated halfway house facilities. Offenders on parole or mandatory supervision are placed in a halfway house either immediately upon release from the Correctional Institutions Division or Intermediate Sanction Facility or, in specific circumstances, upon referral from field parole staff.

County Jail Work Release Program

There are two (2) county jail work release contracts under the oversight of the Private Facility CMOD. These facilities are designated for placement of parole and mandatory supervision offenders either immediately upon release from the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division, an Intermediate Sanction Facility or upon referral from field parole staff. Offenders who lack family, community resources or who may require closer supervision may be released to the County Jail Work Release Program facility, where their activities are monitored daily. Offenders are eligible to leave the county jail with parole officer approval to attend required counseling, job search workshops, to seek job placement assistance, to attend meetings with their parole officers, or to go to and from work.

Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities (SAFPF)/In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC)

There is one (1) contractor who provides SAFP/IPTC treatment programs on eleven (11) secure facilities. The SAFP/IPTC programs utilize a Therapeutic Community (TC) model.

A Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) is an intensive substance abuse treatment program for offenders who are sentenced by a judge as an original condition or modification of community supervision. Additionally, offenders on parole or mandatory supervision who are in need of intensive substance abuse treatment may be placed in a SAFPF as a result of a Board of Pardons and Paroles vote.

The In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC) is an intensive substance abuse treatment program for eligible offenders who are within six months of release and who are identified as needing substance abuse treatment. The Board of Pardons and Paroles must vote to place qualified offenders in the therapeutic community program and successful graduates are then released on parole or mandatory supervision.

Upon completion of a SAFP or an IPTC program, offenders are placed in a Transitional Treatment Center for up to 90 days, followed by outpatient counseling.

Transitional Treatment Centers (TTCs)

Transitional Treatment Centers are privately owned and operated community based facilities that provide substance abuse aftercare treatment to offenders on parole, mandatory supervision or community supervision (probation). There are currently sixteen (16) contracts which provide for twenty (20) residential TTCs. Most offenders who have completed the In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC) or Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) programs are referred to a TTC for aftercare, with a residential stay of up to 90 days.

State Jail Substance Abuse Program

There is one (1) contractor who provides a substance abuse resource program in six (6) state operated State Jails. Offenders who have been sentenced to a State Jail and meet the eligibility criteria set forth by the TDCJ are eligible to participate. The program consists of a multimodal curriculum to address the needs of offenders in various stages of recovery. The curriculum includes didactic classes, life skills training, transitional planning, and parenting skills. Additionally, support groups such as Winners Circle, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are made available.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

There is one (1) contractor who provides DWI treatment programs on three (3) secure facilities. The program is a six-month Correctional DWI Recovery Program that provides a variety of evidence-based educational modules and treatment activities. The multimodal curriculum is delivered through skills training and therapeutic group process.

Multi Use Facility

There is one (1) contractor who owns, operates, and provides various substance abuse treatment services to include DWI, SAFP, IPTC, ISF Cognitive and ISF Substance Abuse Treatment.  This facility has both male and female offenders, including both probationers and parole offenders

Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF) Cognitive Treatment Program

ISF facilities are short term detention facilities for parole or mandatory supervision offenders who have violated the terms of their release agreement. There is currently one (1) contractor providing treatment at one (1) state operated facility.