85(R) - 2017
Mandatory Community Supervision
Alma A. Allen
Relating to the conditions of community supervision.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Under current law, a judge has the discretion to determine the conditions of community supervision. If this bill passes, a judge would have to make an assessment based on the results of a risk and needs assessment. A judge would have to consider the extent to which the conditions of community supervision impact the defendant’s work, education, and community service schedule, in addition to their ability to meet financial obligations.If this bill were to pass, before a judge may require that the defendant receive treatment in a state funded substance abuse program, a substance abuse felony program, or a program provided in a community corrections facility, thee judge would have to determine the appropriate type and level of treatment necessary to address the defendant's alcohol or drug dependency.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill would increase the effectiveness of punishment for those sentenced to community supervision. The ability to provide probation as an alternative to incarceration is beneficial because it reduces costs, this bill would make that even more effective by allowing for individualized risk and needs assessments to be considered when a judge sets the conditions of community supervision. For this bill's role in allowing the administration of justice to be more individualized and more efficient, we support this bill.
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Christian Life Commission
Texas Association of Business
Texas Public Policy Foundation
National Association of Social Workers/Texas