Field Operations involves direct oversight of offenders and is overseen by Regional Directors in Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, and Tyler. Field personnel, consisting primarily of Parole Officers, are responsible for monitoring the activities of offenders and their compliance with the conditions of release. The Parole Officers also investigate release plans prior to release, assess and classify parolees after release, and develop a supervision plan based on the needs of each offender. Supervision programs include substance abuse aftercare treatment, drug and alcohol testing, electronic monitoring, and sex offender treatment.
Parole Officers promote offender compliance with the conditions of release by supporting the use of interventions and motivational options, and they strive to enhance successful offender reintegration through services impacting the factors that contribute to recidivism. In addition, field staff, when appropriate, work with the Board of Pardons and Paroles and its hearing officers in processing violations of release. Parole Officers also supervise parolees transferred from other states under the Interstate Compact.