ISF: Intermediate Sanction Facilities in Texas

Intermediate Sanction Facilities

Intermediate Sanction Facilities

Probation and parole violations can lead to revocations that generally result in a person being sentenced to jail or prison. However, incarceration is not a forgone conclusion when someone is facing a revocation. One alternative is an Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF).

What is an Intermediate Sanction Facility?

An Intermediate Sanction Facility is an in-custody treatment alternative for medium to high-risk felony offenders who are facing probation or parole revocations. The legislature authorized the implementation of Intermediate Sanction Facilities in Texas to alleviate overcrowding of prisons. These short-term treatment facilities are designed to help offenders address the underlying reasons they commit crime and provide an alternative to prison when a probationer or parolee is facing a revocation.

Probation in Texas:

Either by agreement with prosecutor or based on the recommendation of a judge or jury, some felony offenders may be placed on probation instead of being sent to prison. Click here to learn more about probation and deferred adjudication in Texas.

Parole in Texas:

The parole system in Texas allows some prisoners to be released back to the community under supervision. A parolee is required to adhere to strict standards and a failure to comply with the conditions of parole may result in the parolee returning to prison.

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An offender can be sentenced to ISF for a period of 45 to 120 days. The offender enters under one of three programs: Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Relapse, or Cognitive Intervention.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Track

This program is designed to help the offender deal with substance abuse issues so that they can avoid all the potential complications that arise from them, especially those that relate to the offender ending up back in jail or prison. This program takes 90 days to complete.

The Substance Abuse Relapse Track

This program is designed to help offenders who have previously received some form of substance abuse program, but have since relapsed into using again. This program takes 45 days to complete. The Relapse Track requires the offender to have previously completed a substance abuse program (specifically a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility program, other therapeutic community treatment programs, or have a history of residential treatment).

The Cognitive Intervention Track

This program is designed to help offenders deal with mental or emotional issues as well as building life skills. This program takes 90 days to complete.

The judge can order a 30-day extension in some circumstances, meaning that the maximum time a person may spend in an ISF is 120 days. Additionally, once a person is released from ISF, they are generally required to complete an after-care program.

ISF Inmate Search

If you are looking for someone who is currently in ISF, check out our page on TDC facilities.

If you or a loved one is facing a probation or parole revocation, contact the attorneys at Varghese Summersett PLLC at 817-203-2220. In order to be admitted into ISF, your attorney must obtain an order from the judge to send you to ISF instead of prison. This may require a hearing, and it will require the judge to determine ISF is a more appropriate outcome than revoking the person and sending them to prison.


Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
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