Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $250,000)
The Texas Civil Commitment Office (TCCO) intends to provide previously incarcerated civilly committed sexually violent predators who reside in a secured treatment facility with up-to-date hands-on workplace technology experience and training that will assist them being able to obtain and maintain employment once they are residing in the community. The activities will include assessing the needs of the clients, developing and delivering curriculum, teaching clients to use modern technology that was not present in society when most of them were last in the community. Activities will include using modern phone systems, point of sale systems, tablets and computers with software to learn to be able to function into today’s society to be able to do everyday tasks as well as make them more employable. Other reentry efforts will be part of this project such as ensuring the clients have the proper documentation to be able to obtain employment and that they possess the skills to be able to interview and communicate effectively.
The expected outcomes are twofold. The preliminary outcome is to prepare at least 150 clients to be equipped with the necessary skills when they return to the community with the goal of them being able to obtain and maintain employment. The long-term and most important outcome is public safety. The expectation will be for clients to be self-sufficient, productive, and live pro-social lives that are not consistent with offending behavior. These protective factors can decrease the likelihood of recidivism thus, increasing public safety. By statute, clients under civil commitment supervision are required to return to the last county of conviction for a sexually violent offense. Therefore, the service area is statewide.
The beneficiaries of this project are also twofold. Ultimately, the goal of treatment and supervision is no more victims in which the citizens of Texas benefit from clients’ successful reintegration into the community. The clients also are beneficiaries of this project if they have protective factors that assist them in successful reintegration and continue to live successfully in the community absent from offending behaviors.