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This bill would establish a pilot training program that would provide educational
and vocational training, employment, and reentry services to defendants placed
on community supervision and required to serve a term of confinement in a state
jail felony facility. The pilot program would allow for not more than 4 locations
in various regions of the state including locations that have a variety of population
sizes, and the number of participants would be capped at no more than 45
defendants per quarter, per location. The program would consist of approximately
180 days of employment related services and support related to the person’s
vocational goals. In addition, it would provide job placement services,
assistance in obtaining a high school diploma or an industry certification,
life skills training, and counseling and mental health services.
This bill would also add an article to the code of criminal procedure related to the placement on community supervision and the educational and vocational training pilot program. If a judge is assessing a punishment in a state jail felony case, the judge may suspend the sentence and place the defendant on community supervision with certain conditions. The defendant would have to submit to confinement in a state jail felony facility for a term not to exceed 90 days at the beginning of the term of community supervision, and they would have to participate in the aforementioned pilot program. If the defendant is being charged for or has been convicted of an offense under the Title 5 penal code, they would be ineligible for this program. Before placing the individual on community supervision, the person would have to be assessed using the risk and needs assessment instrument, or something similar. The sentence of community supervision could not be for more than 270 days. A person’s sentence to community supervision could be revoked, or the defendant could otherwise be penalized if they do not fulfill the requirements.