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State Counsel for Offenders

What We Do

We provide indigent offenders who are incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with legal counsel or representation that is independent of the TDCJ.

However, State Counsel for Offenders (SCFO) will not help offenders with civil rights issues, TDCJ policy or procedure issues, administrative disciplinary matters, fee-generating cases, and various other legal issues depending upon the circumstances.

This service is only available to offenders who cannot afford to pay an attorney to assist them with their legal problems.

There are four legal sections within SCFO: Criminal Defense, Civil Defense, Appellate, and Legal Services.

Legal Assistants investigate and research offender time issues and are overseen by the Appellate section. SCFO Investigators support all sections with investigations and process of subpoenas. Administrative Services staff support office functions and oversee the employment process.