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United States Incarceration
United States Incarceration

Despite making up close to 5% of the global population, the U.S. has nearly 25% of the world’s prison population. Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 700% ­­–  2.3 million people in jail and prison today, far outpacing population growth and crime.

The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change (PTI)
The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change (PTI)

The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change (The Phoenix) Pretrial Intervention (PTI) program is a diversion program. The purpose of the PTI program is to afford first time offenders the opportunity to avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction by diverting their case from the trial court process.

The PTI program is similar to being on probation. Upon successful completion of the PTI program, the charge will be dismissed. Successful completion of the program will require making full restitution to the victim, if applicable, in addition to other conditions. It is highly recommended that defendants speak with their attorney regarding the benefits of entering this program as opposed to continuing through the court process.

Mass Incarceration
Mass Incarceration

One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino boys—compared to one of every 17 white boys. At the same time, women are the fastes growing incarcerated population in the United States.

Pre-trial Intervention Guidelines

Pretrial Intervention Guidelines
Pretrial Intervention Guidelines

PRE-TRIAL INTERVENTION GUIDELINES

The following sets forth policy, procedure and minimum eligibility requirements for obtaining approval for the entry of an applicant into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program.  

APPLICATION

Application for entry into the P.T.I. Program must be made with The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change, Pre-Trial Intervention Program on or before the fifteenth (15th) day from the arraignment of the applicant. (Via Phone or online @ https://thephoenixlife.org/pretrial_intervention )

RESIDENCY

The applicant must be a bona fide resident of Harris or Ft. Bend County, Texas for no less than six (6) months if living with parent(s), spouse or legal guardian(s) at the time of the application; otherwise the Applicant must be a bona fide resident for twelve (12) months at the time of the application.

PAST ADULT OFFENSE HISTORY

The Applicant must have no prior adult felony arrests and/or convictions and no more than one (1) prior conviction for a non-violent misdemeanor crime.

OFFENSE

The criminal offense for which the Applicant has been arrested or charged must be a NON-VIOLENT offense. The Phoenix reserves the option to preclude any entry into PTI based on the circumstances of the offense. The following categories of offenses, even though non-violent third offenses may AUTOMATICALLY PRECLUDE consideration and State Attorney’s Office consent for entry into the program.

  • Multiple charge/count situations {two (2) or more charges/counts} where the charges/counts arise out of separate factual circumstances and criminal transactions;
  • Sale or delivery of any controlled substance;
  • Possession of any quantity of heroin, methamphetamine or L.S.D.;
  • Possession of any drug prohibited that is inconsistent with personal use.
  • All third degree felonies relating to Welfare Fraud;
  • All third degree felonies relating to Unemployment Compensation;
  • All third degree felonies relating to Gambling;
  • All third degree felonies relating to Weapons and Firearms;
  • All third degree felonies where the actual loss to the victim exceeds the monetary amount of $5,000.00, unless the victim specifically consents to the entry of the individual if the restitution amount exceeds $5,000.00 and it appears that the amount of restitution can be repaid within the twelve (12) month period of P.T.I. supervision.
  • All third degree felonies charged by indictment;
  • All third degree felonies involving abuse of a minor child;
  • Offenses against governmental entities

CONSENT OF VICTIM(S)/ARRESTING OFFICER(S) REQUIRED

The victim(s) of the offense for which the Applicant was arrested/charged, and the arresting officer(s), must consent in writing to the Applicant participating in the P.T.I. Program. However, in the case of an arresting officer refusing to consent, a reason for this refusal must be given for the review of the State Attorney’s Office. A refusal by an arresting officer based on his/her disbelief in the Pre-Trial Intervention Program will not be acceptable.

RESTITUTION REQUIRED

If a person or persons, including an Insurance carrier, suffered monetary loss which can be determined without controversy as a direct result of the commission of the offense for which the Applicant was arrested/charged, the Applicant must be ready, willing and able to make full restitution to such person or persons, including Insurance carriers, and such restitution shall be made a specific condition of the Applicant’s satisfactory completion of the Program.

WAIVER OF RIGHTS REQUIRED

If an individual desires to be considered for entry into the Program, upon applying for entry into the Program and prior to any further processing of such application, the Applicant must voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently execute a document to be provided that he/she has been fully advised of his/her Constitutional Rights, including, but not limited to the right to remain silent regarding the facts and circumstances related to the offense for which the applicant has been arrested/charged and that the Applicant has waived the right to a Speedy Trial on the said offense for the period of time required for a final decision regarding the Application. In the event the Applicant is accepted into the Program, the Applicant shall waive his/her right to a Speedy Trial until the Applicant is terminated from the program, whether satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily. If at the time of applying for entry into the program the Applicant has an attorney representing him/her in connection with the offense for which he/she was arrested/charged, said attorney shall be required to confirm that he/she has also advised the Applicant of these same rights.

SWORN STATEMENT REQUIRED

 The Applicant must provide to the P.T.I. Program a signed and sworn typed statement relating the facts and circumstance of the offense for which the Applicant has been arrested/charged. If the factual statement so provided does not contain facts indicative of knowledge or conduct on the part of the Applicant consistent with guilty, factually or legally, in the opinion of the State Attorney’s Office, this Office will not consent to the Applicant’s entry into the Program. If the Applicant is not accepted into the Program, for any reason, the statement so provided will not be used as evidence against the Applicant in the State’s case, in the event of trial on the charges; however, the statement MAY be used in the event of a trial on the charges where the accused testifies as rebuttal evidence in the nature of impeachment. If the Applicant is accepted into the Program and subsequently unsatisfactorily terminated from the Program such statement MAY be used as evidence in the State’s case at the prosecutor’s discretion, in the event of a trial on the charge for which the Applicant applied for entry into the Program.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS TO ENTRY

  1. If, in the opinion of the P.T.I. Program Staff, the Applicant is in need of special counseling, the Applicant must agree to participate in such counseling programs as a specific condition of his/her satisfactory completion of the Program.
  2. The P.T.I. Program Staff may require the Applicant to attend programs designed to provide self-improvement education or may require the Applicant to perform up to forty (40) hours of Community Service as a specific condition of his/her satisfactory completion of the Program. If the Applicant is not willing to accept such a condition, the Applicant will not be accepted into the Program.

PRETRIAL INTERVENTION PROGRAM AGREEMENT
PRETRIAL INTERVENTION PROGRAM AGREEMENT
  1. You will live and remain at liberty without violating any law (Federal, State or Local). A conviction in a Court of Law, would not be necessary, any criminal arrest could constitute a violation of your Pretrial Intervention Agreement.
  2. You will pay application fee in the amount of $150.00 (for Adults) $75.00 (for Minors) within the first month of acceptance to the PTI Program unless otherwise directed.
  3. You will work regularly at a lawful occupation and support any dependents to the best of your ability and you acknowledge that your employer must be informed of your status in the program within thirty (30) days of your acceptance or within thirty (30) days of employment, should you obtain a new position after acceptance. (Adults)
  4. You will not change your residence or employment without informing your Pretrial Intervention (PTI) Program Officer. (Adults)
  5. You will immediately inform your Pretrial Intervention PTI Program Officer if you get arrested, or have any contact with Law Enforcement.
  6. You shall associate only with law abiding persons.
  7. You will make yourself available for the services of the Pretrial Intervention Program by reporting in person to your PTI Program Officer as directed.
  8. You will not use any intoxicants to excess, nor will you use any controlled substances. Any positive drug test will result in your automatic dismissal from the program. You will submit to urinalysis, breathalyzer or blood tests at any time requested by your officer or the professional staff of any treatment center where you are receiving treatment, to determine possible use of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances. You shall be required to pay for such tests.
  9. You will truthfully answer all inquiries by your officer, agree that your officer may visit your home, employment, school, or elsewhere, without your prior approval, and will comply with all instructions your officer may give you.
  10. You will attend any alcohol, drug, psychological or other rehabilitative program directed by your Pretrial Intervention Officer and if no such program is deemed necessary, you will enroll in and attend a self-improvement class or program approved by your Pretrial Intervention Officer, or donate forty (40) hours of your time to the community. I understand that I will be responsible for any fees or costs associated with treatment.
  11. You are not required to work during the period of time that you are enrolled as a full-time student.
  12. You will neither possess, carry nor own any weapon or firearm.

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www.thephoenixlife.org
antwill2178@hotmail.com
2816080774
P.O. BOX 1284
Missouri City , Texas 77489

 

    The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change

    P.O. BOX 1284
    Missouri City, TX 77459
    Phone: 281-608-0774
    Email: antwill2178@hotmail.com

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