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Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is the Difference between “community supervision” and “probation?"
What is the difference between “community supervision" and “parole?"
What happens to people placed on “Community Supervision?"
Is community supervision effective and what does it cost?
Who can be placed on Community Supervision?
What is restitution? And what is the restitution affidavit?
Who may citizens contact about offenders under community supervision in Harris County?
Who do I contact to report information about a sex offender currently on community supervision?
What is the website to check for registered sex offenders in the state of Texas?
Is there a website to answer additional questions about sex offenders?
Who should I contact to report a new sex crime?
How and where do I make payments?
What are your hours of operation and phone information?
What should I bring on my first visit?
What happens if I miss my appointment?
What is not allowed in the offices?
Will I be required to leave a drug test when I report? And what type of test is it?
What is an Offender ID card?
What is a SPN # or “spin number” and how is it different from my cause number?
What is community service?
How do I sign up for Community Service and get my Offender ID card?
I am on probation for DWI. My conditions of supervision say I need to take an approved alcohol/drug education program within 180 days. What is this?
What is the Texas Drug Offender Education Program (TDOEP)?
What is Deferred Adjudication?
Can Deferred Adjudication records be made non-public?
How do I determine if my Driver’s License is under suspension?
I need to provide my officer with proof I have a GED or High School Diploma but I can’t find mine. Where can I get this information?
I am on supervision from another Texas county. I am being supervised in Harris County. How can I contact my originating County?
What are my “Conditions of Community Supervision” or “conditions of probation?"
Who do I contact to register as a sex offender?
Are you interested in becoming a Community Partner with HCCSCD?
Where can I get information about the Women Helping Ourselves-Atascocita (WHOA) program?
Where can I get information about the Young Men About Change (YMAC) program?
Where can I get information about the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF)-Atascocita program?
 
What is the Difference between “community supervision” and “probation?"Top

The name “Adult Probation Department” was changed for all departments in the state of Texas to “Community Supervision and Corrections Department." The State Legislature also changed the terms “probation” and “Probation Officer” to “community supervision” and “Community Supervision Officer”.

 

What is the difference between “community supervision" and “parole?"Top

Parole is a period of supervision following release from prison. Community Supervision is an alternative to a prison term. An individual who has been adjudicated by the court for a criminal offense can have the sentence set aside within guidelines, and placed on “community Supervision."

 

What happens to people placed on “Community Supervision?"Top

The sentencing court will order numerous programs and stipulations to which the individual must complete and adhere. They will be required to meet with their Community Supervision Officer regularly. The number of contacts is determined by the level of supervision or is set by the court. Most individuals are required to submit to urinalysis testing to ensure that the offender is not abusing drugs. The stipulations and programs can include treatment for substance abuse or programs for specific offenses like assault, domestic violence or theft.

 

Is community supervision effective and what does it cost?Top

Community Supervision is much more cost effective than a prison sentence or jail term both in monetary cost and in non monetary cost to the community. It allows for offenders to work and care for their families and pay taxes. It also enables them to access resources to help rehabilitate them and lead a productive life. Community based corrections have the greatest impact in reducing crime and effective rehabilitation.

 

Who can be placed on Community Supervision?Top

Some offenders, by statute, are ineligible for community supervision. Most individuals can be assisted under community supervision. Who is placed on community supervision is determined by the Judge or jury. Factors such as criminal history and the nature of the offense are often considered.

 

What is restitution? And what is the restitution affidavit?Top

Restitution is court ordered monies that the offender has been stipulated to pay back to victim or victims. Most often it is ordered to be paid back in monthly installments. The sentencing court will make a ruling as to whether or not restitution is required to be paid by the offender. If you are a victim who receives a restitution affidavit then the court has ordered that the offender pay restitution to you. You will need to have the affidavit signed in the presence of a notary public and returned so that you may begin receiving payments. The Community Supervision Officer’s name and phone number is listed on the affidavit. The officer can assist you with any questions you may have. Occasionally, due to a job loss or other circumstance, the offender will become delinquent in restitution payments.  The supervision officer will make every effort to remedy this situation, which may be resolved by counseling with the offender or may eventually require that the court take additional action.  If a victim does not receive regular payments, he/she may contact the supervision officer for information and assistance.
Should the offender's probation be revoked, the department no longer has jurisdiction over the offender and restitution can no longer be collected by HCCSCD.  In this instance, the victim is encouraged to contact the Victim Assistance Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice (800-848-4284)
It is the responsibility of the individuals receiving restitution to notify the HCCSCD business office of any changes of address as payments cannot be forwarded. The business office can be reached by calling 713-755-2788.

 

Who may citizens contact about offenders under community supervision in Harris County?Top

You may contact any of the region offices listed in the Region Offices page of this site and speak with the Community Supervision Officer. If you know the Region or area of the County the offender lives, it is best to contact that office. It helps to have as much information as possible about the offender such as full name, date of birth, cause number or SPN # (system person number). While the officer may be limited in what information they can share with you it is very helpful to have information from you about an offender.

 

Who do I contact to report information about a sex offender currently on community supervision?Top

Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections, Sex Offender Unit 49 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 713-755-2000 or 713-755-2011.

 

What is the website to check for registered sex offenders in the state of Texas?Top

The URL is Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry.

 

Is there a website to answer additional questions about sex offenders?Top

Yes: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/. Go to Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q).

 

Who should I contact to report a new sex crime?Top

Contact your local law enforcement agency or if the victim is a child you can also contact Children's Protective Services (1-800-252-5400). In case of emergency, call 911 immedaitely.

 

How and where do I make payments?Top

Payments may be made via money order, cashier’s check, or credit/debit cards.  The only place cash can be paid is at the main downtown office location at 49 San Jacinto, Houston TX 77002 at the 6th floor cashiers window. No personal checks are accepted.

 

Instructions by Payment Method:

 

·         Credit/Debit Cards (accepted at all locations and online)

 

Credit Card Info 

 

eNETPAY© Transaction Fee Schedule

 

Transaction Convenience Fee Transaction Fee Grand Total
Any single transaction totaling $1.00 through $100            $3.00          $2.00           $5.00
Any single transaction totaling $100.01 through $200            $6.00          $2.00           $8.00
Any single transaction totaling $200.01 through $300            $9.00          $2.00         $11.00
Any single transaction totaling $300.01 through $400          $12.00          $2.00         $14.00
Any single transaction totaling $400.01 through $500          $15.00          $2.00         $17.00
Any single transaction totaling $500.01 and over      3% of total          $2.00 $2.00 + 3% of total

 

·         Money Order or Cashier’s check (accepted at all locations and by U.S. Mail)

Make your money order or cashier's check payable to HCCSCD. Please remember to print your full name and SPN# on the money order or cashier's check.  All of the region offices have a cashier where payments can be made.  The cashier at that office will provide a receipt.  If you mail your payment, your officer will provide you with your receipt at your next report date.  Please keep all of your money order receipts or cashiers check stubs for the duration of your probation.

Payments can be mailed to:
HCCSCD
49 San Jacinto, suite 610
Houston, TX 77002

What are your hours of operation and phone information?Top

See the Office Locations portion of this site for a complete listing of all office hours and phone numbers.

 

What should I bring on my first visit?Top

*Your completed Monthly Report Form
*Conditions of Community Supervision from court
* Pay check stub or job search list (if unemployed)
* Offender ID Card.
* Drivers license or state ID.
* Auto insurance (on DWI cases, or as ordered)
* Proof of any prescription medications you may be taking if you are required to do drug testing.

 

What happens if I miss my appointment?Top

Missing an appointment is a violation of your community supervision. If you miss your appointment it is important that you contact your officer as soon as possible. You should make every effort to keep your appointment as your officer has a very busy schedule. It is better to reschedule your appointment, if allowed, beforehand, than to ignore the appointment and face the consequences. If you do not have your payments, report as directed anyway.  You don't want to compound any violation by committing another violation.

 

What is not allowed in the offices?Top

Weapons of any kind, pepper spray and mace are not allowed in any HCCSCD facility or building. Please silence or turn off any cell phone or paging device. Children should not accompany you and are not allowed at all at the sex offender unit.

 

Will I be required to leave a drug test when I report? And what type of test is it?Top

The department utilizes urinalysis testing. Be prepared; it is always wise to wait until after you see your officer before using the restroom facilities in the building. If you are requested to leave a sample be sure and tell the UA monitor/technician if you need more time before the sample can be collected. Do not leave the facility until you have left the requested sample. Make sure you keep your officer apprised of any medications that you are taking.
 

What is an Offender ID card?Top

It is a picture ID that lists your name and other identifying information such as the offense for which you are under supervision, as well as your SPN # and Cause Number. It is a standard condition of supervision for all individuals under supervision in Harris County. It is required that you keep this card in your possession at all times.

 

What is a SPN # or “spin number” and how is it different from my cause number?Top

Your SPN # is the “system person number." It is a tracking number used only by Harris County. It is unique to you. A cause number is associated with a specific charge. While it is possible to have multiple charges such as Driving While Intoxicated or Theft, each will have its own cause number or “case number," all associated under your SPN#. Your SPN # is the quickest and easiest way for you to be identified when calling one of our offices. It can be found on your Offender ID card.

 

What is community service?Top

The Court may order an offender to perform "volunteer" work for a non-profit organization or government agency that has been approved by the HCCSCD.  Based upon the severity of the offense, the amount of time ordered may be up to 1,000 hours for a felony offense and 200 hours for a misdemeanor.

 

How do I sign up for Community Service and get my Offender ID card?Top

You are usually directed in court to the Client Support Services Section.  This is located on the 4th floor at 49 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas 77002.  When you report, you will need to have a copy of your Conditions of Supervision and picture identification (example: drivers’ license, student ID, employment ID tag, etc.).

 

I am on probation for DWI. My conditions of supervision say I need to take an approved alcohol/drug education program within 180 days. What is this?Top

This is generally referred to as “DWI School” or if it is a second or multiple offense the “DWI repeat offenders class”. These are state mandated curriculua required of individuals convicted of driving while intoxicated offenses. They may also be ordered by the court for non DWI offenses if deemed appropriate by the court. The standard 12 hour “DWI School” is offered by HCCSCD as well as outside agencies. The repeat offender curriculum is not offered by HCCSCD. You were probably given referral information in court; if not talk with your officer. More detailed information about the classes is available at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/FindingServices/OffenderEducation.shtm

 

What is the Texas Drug Offender Education Program (TDOEP)?Top

It is a state mandated curriculum for individuals convicted of misdemeanor and felony drug offenses. Individuals convicted of drug offenses will automatically have their driver's license suspended for 6 months. In order to reinstate their license they will be required to complete the class. In Deferred Adjudication cases it is often ordered as a condition of supervision but it does not result in the driver’s license suspension. Detailed information is available at the following link: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/FindingServices/OffenderEducation.shtm.

 

What is Deferred Adjudication?Top

It is a type of supervision that if completed successfully will prevent a final conviction from appearing on your record; however, a record of the arrest and the fact that a probated sentence was served still exist. Deferred adjudication is not available for offenders charged with driving while intoxicated and intoxication manslaughter as well as some other types of charges.

 

Can Deferred Adjudication records be made non-public?Top

Yes, some types can. For more information on which types are eligible please visit the Harris County District Attorneys website at http://app.dao.hctx.net/FAQs/DADJ.aspx.

 

How do I determine if my Driver’s License is under suspension?Top

You should contact the Department of Public safety. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/
Driving with a suspended license is a serious law violation. It is your responsibility to see that your driver’s license is valid. Any notice of a suspension will be sent via mail to the address on record with DPS. It is important and also the law that you keep your address up-to-date with DPS.

 

I need to provide my officer with proof I have a GED or High School Diploma but I can’t find mine. Where can I get this information?Top

For proof of your high school diploma, contact the school district you graduated from and request a copy of your transcripts. GED information for the state of Texas is available on line at this link: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ged/GEDsearch.html. This only applies if you got the GED in Texas.

 

I am on supervision from another Texas county. I am being supervised in Harris County. How can I contact my originating County?Top

The following link can direct you to a listing of all departments in the state: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/cjad/cjad-phones.htm.

 

What are my “Conditions of Community Supervision” or “conditions of probation?"Top

They are basically a contract between yourself and the Court that placed you on supervision. Your Community Supervision Officer will help you comply with the conditions. You received a copy of the conditions when you were placed on supervision. Although many offenders are given special conditions of community supervision based upon their needs or their risks to the community, the following are standard conditions of probation as provided by the Code of Criminal Procedures:
1. Commit no offense against the laws of this state or any other state or the United States.
2. Avoid injurious or vicious habits. (The use of illegal drugs and alcohol.)
3. Avoid persons or places of disreputable or harmful character.
4. Report to the Community Supervision & Corrections Department of Harris County, Texas immediately following this hearing, and no less than monthly thereafter, or as scheduled by the court and/or the community supervision officer.
5. Permit the community supervision officer to visit you at your home, place of employment or elsewhere.
6. Abide by the rules and regulations of the HCCSCD.
7. Work faithfully at suitable employment and notify the HCCSCD of any changes in your employment status within 48 hours of such change.
8. Remain within Harris County, Texas or ________ unless the Court or supervision officer authorizes you to leave.
9.  Support your dependents as required by law.
10. Submit to random urine specimen analysis.
11. Pay any fines, fees, or restitution assessed through the HCCSCD.

 

Who do I contact to register as a sex offender?Top

Sex offenders are to register with the law enforcement municipality in which they reside.  The main registering agencies in Harris County are Houston Police Department (juvenile victims) 713-731-5890, HPD (adult victims) 713-308-1190, Harris County Sheriff Department 713-967-5703, Pasadena Police Department at 713-475-7807. If you live in an unimcorporated are of the county, you are to regiser with the sheriff's department.

 

Are you interested in becoming a Community Partner with HCCSCD?Top

Browse to this document for information on the Community Partnership Program.

 

Where can I get information about the Women Helping Ourselves-Atascocita (WHOA) program?Top

Click here for questions regarding WHOA.

 

Where can I get information about the Young Men About Change (YMAC) program?Top

Click here for more information on YMAC.

 

Where can I get information about the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF)-Atascocita program?Top

Click here for more information on SATF-Atascocita.

 

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