West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections
Director Magdalena Morales-Aina
800 E. Overland
El Paso, Texas 79901-2516
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
Luis A. Montes
Director, Community Intervention Center
3801 Mattox St.
El Paso, Texas 79925
Phone (915) 779-6174
Fax (915) 778-8671
West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department
- Community Intervention Center
- Legislative History
- The Community Intervention Center (CIC) program in Texas was established under House Bill 658 of the 68th Legislature affective August 29, 1983, and then written into Article 42.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. The Community Intervention Center program was implemented at a time when Texas was experiencing prison overcrowding, decreased state revenues, and the imposition of a federal mandate to reduce prison overcrowding. Courts diverted non-violent offenders to the Community Intervention Centers to allow them to pay back the victims and the community while continuing to work and pay taxes.
- Program Description
- The West Texas Community Intervention Center has been operational since 1984. It is a seventy (70) bed community corrections facility for male and female adult felony probationers. This facility serves El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson Counties, and on a space available basis accepts offenders on courtesy supervision from other jurisdictions. Placement of probationers in the Community Intervention Center is only by court order and the legnth of placement is usually three to twelve months. While in the center each resident's progress is evaluated by the court every three months. The program is funded by state aid from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Community Justice Assistance Division, and payments by program participants.
- The mission of the Community Intervention Center propgram is to require offender accountability for court ordered fees and restitution through an aggressive employment program. Community Intervention Centers require offenders to maintain stable employment, make reparation to victims, perform community service restitution, and participate in programming designed to facilitate positive changes in their behavior.
- Employment is the very heart of the Community Intervention Center program. Each probationer sentenced to the Community Intervention Center by the court is required to secure and maintain employment. The resident's salary is delivered to the Community Intervention Center and is used to pay room and board, restitution to victims, family support, court costs, fines, and fees. The economic advantages of this program include reimbursement for crime victims, reduced costs for incarceration, and lowered dependency on welfare for families. All of these translate into less dependency on tax payers for the support of offenders and their dependents.
- Community Service Restitution
- Residents are also required to perform community service. This work is done at area public or non-profit agencies. The purpose of the community service program is to develop the offenders' sense of responsibility and pride in their community. An added benefit is the assistance that the program provides to area agencies by supplying manpower.
- Resident Services
- Various services are available to the residents. These services include employment placement and job readiness; educational and literacy (in house computer-based learning center); substance abuse counseling and education;life skills; medical and urinanalysis; financial menegament; HIV education; family planning education; and recreational programs.