Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $499,956)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities, including resources to address the myriad needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. The FY 2012 appropriations under the Second Chance Act made funding available for Smart Probation projects, in addition to providing federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration reentry projects. The goal of the Smart Probation Program is to improve probation success rates, which will improve public safety, reduce returns to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. Grant funds can be used to implement evidence-based supervision strategies to improve outcomes for probationers.
Travis County Adult Probation (TCAP) will use the grant funds to employ evidence based practices (EBP) to the supervision of domestic violence (DV) probationers. The purpose of the Domestic Violence Accountability Management Program (DV-AMP) will be to ensure accountability of felony DV probationers to reduce the recidivism rate (revocation) of medium/high risk felony DV probationers via a structured team response employing EBP strategies. Six specialized DV caseloads will be developed to supervise and monitor up to 360 medium/high risk felony DV offenders.