You’ve probably heard the terms “probation” and “parole”
a number of times throughout your life. Here in Texas, adult probation
is now called “community supervision,” which is different
than “parole.” When someone is on parole, it means they were
released early from prison but are still being supervised in the community
until their parole is over.
Community supervision on the other hand, is a sentencing alternative to
incarceration. When an offender is on community supervision, he or she
is being supervised in the community instead of languishing in jail or
prison until their sentence is over.
Community supervision is beneficial for the offender because:
- It lets them be at home.
- It lets the offender continue working.
- It lets the offender support their dependents.
- It focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment.
- It lets the offender identify the cause of their criminal activity so they
can correct it and prevent it from occurring again.
- It helps offenders by giving them access to a wide range of supportive
and rehabilitative services.
Community supervision is equally beneficial for the State of Texas and
the courts because:
- It saves taxpayers a lot of money because the offenders do not have to
be housed in a jail or prison.
- It allows defendants to make up the damage by having them pay restitution.
- It saves the state money because less relatives of offenders have to receive
state benefits to cover the costs of food, medical insurance, etc. This
is because the offenders can work to support their families.
- It makes room in Texas’ jails and prisoners for violent offenders
who are bigger threats to our communities.
What is Community Supervision?
According to the
Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections (CSCD), in Fiscal Year 2017: 5,692 defendants worked Community Service Restitution
(CSR), defendants worked a total of 346,385 hours, and 3,687 defendants
in Dallas County paid restitution amounting to $3,677,992. As you can
see, community supervision can be a win-win situation for defendants and
the state alike.
Facing criminal charges in Dallas County? To learn more about community
supervision in lieu of jail or prison,
contact our firm today.