Correctional Institutions Division
Security Threat Group Management Office
The Security Threat Group Management Office (STGMO) proactively identifies and effectively monitors and manages offender groups and their members who pose a threat to the safety and security of TDCJ units, staff, offenders, and the public, through targeted intelligence collection and analysis as well as timely dissemination of appropriate information. STGMO provides oversight, training, and technical support for the unit-level staff who gather information on the activities of security threat group (STG) members. STGMO works closely with the Fusion Center by sharing information on security threat groups and their members.
Gang Renouncement and Disassociation (GRAD) Process
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has initiated a process, which provides a method for offenders to renounce their membership with a known security threat group (STG). This procedure is called the Gang Renouncement and Disassociation Process (GRAD). Offenders willing to renounce their gang affiliation will be required to participate in the nine month process and associated activities until successful completion is attained.
After successfully completing the GRAD process, the offender will be released into general population and assigned to a unit recommended by the State Classification Committee. If the offender does not successfully complete the GRAD process or is found to be involved in STG activities after release to general population, the offender will be returned to administrative segregation and will not be allowed to participate in the GRAD process again. The offender must express to the unit STG officer in written form, a desire to renounce membership in the STG. The STGMO shall make the final decision on any matters pertaining to the GRAD process. In order to be eligible to participate in the GRAD process, an offender shall meet the following criteria:
- Have not been involved in any STG activities for a minimum of one year;
- Have a completed and signed Gang Member Disassociation Form;
- Have been assigned to administrative segregation Level I (IA) for the previous six months prior to enrollment;
- Have not received any Level I major disciplinary cases for offender assault, staff assault, aggressive sexual misconduct or weapon possession for at least two years prior to enrollment. All other Level 1 major disciplinary cases shall be reviewed on a case by case basis after a period of one year;
- Have not received any Level 2 or Level 3 major disciplinary cases for at least six months prior to enrollment;
- The following security precaution designators: Escape (ES), Staff Assault (SA), or Hostage Situation (HS) are reviewed by the State Classification Committee for consideration on an individual case by case basis.
- Have a signed GRAD Letter of Intention to Participate release form; and
- Have not previously completed the GRAD process.
GRAD Process is nine (9) months in length:
Phase I (Approximately 2 months)
Curriculum: Substance abuse classes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Chaplaincy videos.
Phase II (Approximately 4 months)
Curriculum: Cognitive intervention, anger management/substance abuse, criminal addictive behavior.
Phase III (Approximately 3 months)
Curriculum: 1/2-day work schedule, laundry, fields, food service, 1/2-day unit programs.
Each group or class represents a mixture of STGs in order to maintain a balance of ethnicity, length of sentence, and other similar demographics, in the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
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