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Ex-Offender Recovery Programs

Travis and other surrounding counties in Central Texas provide a wide variety of services and resources for those who are currently  involved with the criminal justice system for alcohol and drug-related misdemeanors and felonies. Re-entry resources are for those who have been incarcerated and are looking to transition back into the community.

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Tools for Re-Entry

Travis County Re-entry Success Guide
(February 2014, 69 pages)

"A New Start" Texas Re-entry Service Guide
(Summer 2010, 215 pages)
*There is not a newer version. Still a valuable guide.

Texas Law Library Reentry Resources for Ex-Offenders: Community Resources
Multiple links for resource directories


SMART Program

3404 South FM 973
Del Valle, TX 78617
512-854-3150

Smart Brochure

SMART is a community corrections based substance abuse treatment and offender rehabilitation program for males and females. Residential and Continuing Care services are offered. It is a specialized treatment program designed to meet the needs of offenders and is operated by Travis County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) and funded by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Community Justice Assistance Division.


Travis County Drug Diversion Court- SHORT Program for Adults

(The System of Healthy Options for Release and Transition)
Judge Joel Bennett
205 West 9th St.
Suite 500
Austin, TX. 78701
512-854-4646
Contact: Sharon Caldwell-Hernandez

The Drug Diversion Court is a year long program for defendants who have been arrested with felony possession of controlled substance offenses. The SHORT Program Offers a broad array of treatment referrals, in-house alcohol and drug education classes, and dismisses drug charges when the client successfully completes the program.


Travis County Juvenile Drug Court

Judge Bill King
Travis County Juvenile Probation Department
2515 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
512-854-5685
Contact: Kathy Smith

The Juvenile Drug Court (JDC ) effectively serves post-adjudicated youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues who are 13.6 to 17 years old, have not been adjudicated for a felony violent offense, have been assessed to need drug treatment services and have a minimum of six to twelve months of probation.

This strength-based program utilizes accountability by providing weekly court reviews, intensive supervision, and immediate linkage of substance abuse, case management and mental health services to increase participation in treatment, education, and compliance with conditions of probation.


Williamson County DWI/Drug Court

Judge Tim L. Wright
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
512-943-1411
Contact: Diane Lowder
Intensive 1 year rehabilitation program for repeat drug and DWI offenders offers counseling, outpatient treatment, and support groups. Limited availability. Offenders must qualify.