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The Honorable Tamara Needles, 427th District Court

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The Travis County Supervision and Monitoring for Alcohol Related Treatment (SMART) Re-Entry Court is a specialized docket operating on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm or as designated by the Judge and dedicated to the assessment, treatment and supervision of the participants of the SMART program. The purpose is to provide the participant with the structure and support they need as they work toward a drug and alcohol free life and a pro-social lifestyle. The SMART Re-Entry Court requires participation in frequent court appearances, random drug testing, community supervision and counseling.

The program also provides a monthly speaker series with presenters which include former inmates, agencies who provide job opportunities for offenders, and motivational speakers.

Program

Program Description

SMART Residential and Continuing Care clients, who are identified by staff in need of court intervention, appear before the court to address non-compliance and/or recognition.

The SMART Re-Entry Court is held 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm or as designated by the Judge.

A treatment team consists of a SMART Counselor, a SMART Officer, and a Court Officer who staff cases 1:30 pm with the Judge prior to the 2:00 pm docket to discuss progress and non-compliance. The team approach provides appropriate monitoring and ensures accountability of offenders.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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