The Liberty-Chambers Counties Community Supervision and Corrections Department was originally organized in 1972 by the District Judge of the 75th Judicial District. The department was originally funded through a combination of Federal Grant Funds and local funds and was comprised of a probation officer and two clerical staff for both Liberty and Chambers Counties.
In 1974, the department was reorganized and staff was increased to a Chief Probation Officer, a probation officer and two clerical staff to serve these two counties. The department was again funded through Federal Grant Funds and local funds.
In 1977, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Adult Probation Commission (TAPC) as a separate agency charged with overseeing the Adult Probation Departments of the State of Texas. In May 1988, 110 of the 115 adult probation departments in Texas participated in programs supported by state funds distributed by the Texas Adult Probation Commission.
In 1989, the Texas Adult Probation Commission, the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC), and the Board of Pardons and Parole were combined by the Legislature into one agency - the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Under this merger, the Texas Adult Probation Commission became the Community Justice Assistance Division (CJAD).
The department currently is considered an arm to the State as far as standards and guidelines are concerned, however, the department personnel are classified as county employees for payroll and retirement benefits. Funding is received from the state through grant procedures for specialized programs and through a per-capita basis for regular supervision. Approximately 60% of the operational funds are collected from probationers in the form of probation fees, program participant fees and other fees ordered by the court.