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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Female Cognitive Pre-Release Program

Program Overview:

The Female Cognitive Pre-Release Program (FCPRP) provides cognitive-behavioral programming for female inmates. The program is designed to effectively manage the behavior of inmates and provide opportunities for behavioral change. The goal is to motivate participants to change their way of thinking and behaving, thus reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

The curriculum was developed as a gender-responsive, trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral curriculum. The didactic and therapeutic interventions are designed to impact the cognitive distortions associated with previous destructive and illegal behaviors. Therapeutic interventions also address the underlying issues that perpetuate maladaptive decision making. By identifying and addressing risk factors, participants develop effective skills needed to function successfully within society. The program offers opportunities to practice prosocial behaviors in a controlled environment. The participants learn to identify unhealthy thoughts which lead to inappropriate behaviors. Topics range from substance abuse education, anger management, relationships, domestic violence awareness, criminal thinking, and victim empathy.

Program Highlights:

  • Provide opportunities to develop healthy decision-making skills
  • Positively impact each participant’s perception of self-worth
  • Reduce the potential for further criminal behavior
  • Provide opportunity to gain an objective view of participant role in crime
  • Increase healthy living skills
  • Substance use education
  • Cognitive intervention
  • Healing trauma


Audrey Trout, Manager II – Female Programs
TDCJ - Rehabilitation Programs Division
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
Phone: (936) 437-7277
Fax: (936) 437-7326