April 11, 2016
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce the first report on “Probation Revocation and Its Causes: Profiles of State and Local Jurisdictions, Wharton and Matagorda Counties, Texas.” This report is published as part of Robina Institute’s Probation Revocation Project, and is the result of the completion of the project’s “Alpha Phase” in Wharton and Matagorda Counties in Texas.
During the “Alpha Phase” of the project the research team reviews and collects data from the jurisdiction as well as reviews probation practices and probation revocation practices. This research provides a comprehensive understanding of how probation and probation revocation works in this jurisdiction.
In addition to researching probation practices, data and statistics, as well as state and local policies and procedures, the team also interviews probation officers, judges, and other criminal justice professionals, and individual probationers. The findings in the report include data from the research and highlights from the interviews that identify some potential factors that could lead to probation revocation. These factors include: conditions, supervision fees, length of probation, and sanctions for violations.
We are pleased to note that the Matagorda County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) is continuing to partner with the Robina Institute during the next phase, or the “Beta Phase,” of the project. In this phase the team’s research and findings will focus specifically on developing sanctions and incentives grids for probation that will be help their department respond to violations.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Roxane Marek, Department Director, and the Matagorda County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, for their cooperation and partnership during this research.