The SAFPF Re-Entry court is a program designed to prevent crime by ensuring that addicts who have completed inpatient drug treatment, remain drug free and lead a productive and sober life. Judge Francis began this court in February 2001 following nationally accepted protocol with the goal of reducing crime in the north Texas area.
The process begins when a judge finds a defendant qualified to enter the in- patient drug treatment program housed in the Texas prison system. SAFPF means “Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility” and describes the unit to which a participant is assigned. Upon completion of the six to nine month treatment program the probationer returns to their home area to begin their probation. The SAFPF Re-Entry court begins here. The Re-Entry program monitors each individual to ensure compliance with all after-care requirements. There are three separate phases that take each participant between fifteen to twenty-one months to complete; upon completion a graduation ceremony is held.
This program has received local, state and national acclaim. An independent study has shown it is effective in reducing crime and saving tax dollars. More importantly it saves lives and gives non-violent offenders a chance to become successful, productive citizens.
In September of 2004 Judge Francis and the Dallas SAFPF Re-Entry Court team received a letter of commendation from Governor Rick Perry for their work.
In 2005 Judge Francis was elected President of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals; an organization designed to promote the use of such programs state-wide.
Please review the news articles regarding this program by clicking here.
Photos of a recent SAFPF graduation can be seen here.
View a video done by Fox 4 about the SAFPF Re-Entry Court here.
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