The Caldwell, Comal, and Hays Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) provides services to the Criminal District Courts and County Court at Laws having Jurisdiction in the Counties of Caldwell, Comal and Hays. The Juvenile Probation Department is a separate entity and works with offenders who are under the age of 18.
Community Supervision is considered an alternative to incarceration in the County Jail and/or the Correctional Institutions Division. It is the responsibility of the CSCD to recommend alternatives. Jail and prison are not alternatives to incarceration.
Community supervision is unique as it is the only direct alternative to costly incarceration at local and state levels. It is a smart investment as it is fiscally sustainable. It is the only element of the criminal justice system allowing offenders to remain in their community of residence working, contributing to their own supervision costs and making restitution to victims. Efforts are made to see that offenders remain employed and support their dependents like other citizens. Able offenders are further required to pay fees that provide for a large percentage of their supervision and costs for programs they are required to attend to assist with alleviating the reasons that brought them to the criminal justice system.
Terms and Conditions of Supervision
Judges determine Sentences within a Range of Punishment; decide the terms and conditions of Community Supervision including any related costs (e.g., Court Costs, Fine, Restitution Amounts, and Supervision Fees). If a defendant who is serving a term of supervision violates a term and/or condition of their supervision, the CSCD notifies the appropriate Court personnel (i.e., District Attorney’s Office and the Presiding/Sentencing Judge). Said notification may result in a Hearing, where a decision will be made to either continue the defendant’s supervision or a revocation of the Community Supervision and a Sentence to County Jail and/or the Correctional Institutions Division. The Revocation is imposed by the Judge. The length of Sentence is dependent on the underlying sentence for defendants who are convicted of the crime in relation to the term of supervision; or a Range of Punishment related to the Class of Misdemeanor or Degree of Felony, if the Defendant is serving a term of Deferred Adjudication.
Promote continuous improvement and accomplish permanent change in the lives of others thereby creating a safe community.
- Serve the criminal courts
- Protect the community to the extent that legal authority and resources will allow
- Provide rehabilitative opportunities for offenders
- Sanction offenders placed under our supervision.