West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections
800 E. Overland
Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
senders@epcounty.com

Victim Services
Program (VSP)

Luis Montes
Director

800 E. Overland
Suite 100
Room 224
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 313-9712
Fax (915) 313-3847
LMontes@epcounty.com

West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department

  • Victim Services Program (VSP)
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  • Events | Volunteer | Important Contact Info
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  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why Did the Offender receive Community Supervision?
  • Conditions of Community Supervision
  • Programs Available to Assist the Offender Meet His / Her Financial Obligations
  • How Can I Receive Information?
  • How Can I Stay Informed on Changes in a Case?
  • What is Restitution?
  • What is the difference between Probation and Community Supervision?
  • Why Did the Offender receive Probation?
  • What Conditions does an Offender have to abide by?
  • If an Offender violates their Conditions, will he/she go to jail?
  • How Can I Receive Information?
  • How Can I Stay Informed on Changes in a Case?
  • What is V.I.N.E.?
  • What is Restitution?
  • Is everyone entitled to Restitution?
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  • Why Did the Offender receive Community Supervision?
  • Many times, the victim asks why the offender was granted a term of community supervision. In reality, community-based corrections are recognized as having the greatest potential for the effective rehabilitation of the offender and for the control of crime. While some offenders are ineligible for community supervision and are sentenced to a term in prison, the majority can be assisted in dealing with their problems while remaining under the proper supervision.
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  • When offenders are placed on community supervision by a judge or jury, they remain in the community, living at home if possible, and carry on their normal daily activities under the supervision of a community supervision officer.
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  • Conditions of Community Supervision
  • When an offender is placed on community supervision by the court, he/she signs a "contract" whereby he/she agrees to abide by certain conditions.
  • These conditions USUALLY include:
  • - commit no new crime
  • - don't use alcohol and / or drugs
  • - don't enter bars
  • - perform community service work
  • - pay restitution, if owed
  • - report to the community supervision officer at least once a month
  • - don't leave El Paso County
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  • Programs Available to Assist the Offender Meet His / Her Financial Obligations
  • In order for the defendant to meet his/her financial obligations to the court and to the victim by increasing his employability, he/she can participate in the following:
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  • Employment Services Program This program provides both job readiness and placement services for offenders who are unemployed, under employed or disadvantaged, providing offenders with vocational testing, resume writing, interview preparation, job placement services, and personal image counseling.
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  • Learning Centers There are five locations where the offender may participate in computer assisted education and in classes such as pre-GED and GED testing, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Life Skills, and budget development.
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  • How Can I Receive Information?
  • If you are a victim of a crime and want information on the offender's status, call our office at (915) 546-8120 and we will assist you or direct you to the community supervision officer who is assigned to that case. Please keep in mind that while we are able to provide you with some information, the law limits us on what information may be released. You may also register with VINE for a free, 24-hour automated computer system.
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  • How Can I Stay Informed on Changes in a Case?
  • All you have to do is call the VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM or the assigned community supervision officer and request that you be notified of any future changes in the offender's case. From then on, you will be notified of future changes. Keep in mind, however, that in order for us to notify you, we must have your current address and phone number on file.
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  • What is Restitution?
  • Restitution is the money an offender is ordered by the judge to pay to the victim of an offense for out of pocket expenses. Because in most cases, the judge does not order a monthly restitution payment amount, the restitution amount is divided by the number of months an offender is placed on community supervision thus determining the monthly payment. When the offender does make a restitution payment, the payment is mailed out by the community supervision department on or about the 10th day of the following month.
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  • What is the difference between Probation and Community Supervision?
  • There is no difference between the terms "probation" and "community supervision." In 1990, the Texas Legislature changed the name of adult probation departments to community supervision departments. Today, these two terms are used interchangeably.
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  • Why Did the Offender receive Probation?
  • Many times, the victim asks why the offender was granted a term of community supervision (probation). In reality, community-based corrections are recognized as having the greatest potential for the effective rehabilitation of the offender and for the control of crime. While some offenders are ineligible for community supervision and are sentenced to a term in prison, the majority can be assisted in dealing with their problems while remaining under the proper supervision.
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  • When offenders are placed on community supervision by a judge or jury, they remain in the community, living at home if possible, and carry on their normal daily activities under the supervision of a community supervision officer.
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  • What Conditions does an Offender have to abide by?
  • When an offender is placed on community supervision by the court, he/she signs a "contract" whereby he/she agrees to abide by certain conditions.
  • These conditions USUALLY include:
  • - Report to the probation officer once a month
  • - Do not commit any new crime
  • - Do not use alcohol and / or drugs or enter bars
  • - Do not leave El Paso County
  • - Perform community service work
  • - Pay restitution, fine, court fees and probation fees if ordered
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  • If an Offender violates their Conditions, will he/she go to jail?
  • Not necessarily. Prison costs are exceptionally high and those costs are passed to the taxpayer. So depending upon the violation, the department uses a continuum of sanctions to work with the offender to get the offender to comply with his/her conditions set by the court. Ultimately, if the offender is working he/she can pay the victim more than if the offender is in jail or prison.
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  • How Can I Receive Information?
  • If you are a victim of a crime and want information on the offender's status, call Victim Services at (915) 546-8120 and we will assist you or direct you to the probation officer who is assigned to your case. Please keep in mind that we are only able to provide limited information to you. Some information is confidential and cannot be released.
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  • How Can I Stay Informed on Changes in a Case?
  • To say informed of changes in an offender's case, you must call Victim Services or the assigned probation officer and request that you be notified of any future changes in the offender's case. From then on, you will be notified of future changes. Keep in mind, however, that in order for us to notify you, we must have your current address and phone number on file. Another way to stay informed is to register with PROBATION VINE.
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  • What is V.I.N.E.?
  • Victim Information & Notification Everyday is an automated telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish that provides basic information to crime victims. This service is the only type of it's kind at the probation level in the country! It is also FREE for crime victims and notifies registered users of changes in jail status, court events, probation status and restitution payments. This service is an important step in victims who want to gain some control back into their lives. For more information on this service, call the Victim Services Program at (915) 546-8120. To register for this service, call 1-877-596-VINE
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  • What is Restitution?
  • Restitution is the money an offender is ordered by the judge to pay to the victim of an offense for out of pocket expenses. Out of pocket expenses are costs not covered by medical insurance, auto insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or any other source. In most cases, restitution is paid on a monthly basis. The payment is calculated by dividing the amount of restitution by the number of months an offender is on probation. When the offender does make a restitution payment, the payment is mailed out by the probation department on or about the 10th day of the following month.
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  • Is everyone entitled to Restitution?
  • No. At the time that an offender is placed on probation, the judge makes a ruling as to whether or not restitution will or will not be part of an offender's conditions of probation.
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