Harris County Sequential Intercept Model

Intercept 3


Responsive Intervention for Change Court (RIC)

The RIC Docket was designed to reduce over-reliance on local and state jails, high recidivism rates, and racial and ethnic disparity among low-level Felony drug offenders through diversion to community supervision (Deferred Adjudication & Pretrial Intervention). The docket has allowed Harris County to consolidate over 5,000 low-level Felony drug (PCS < 1g & PCS 1 to 4g) and Prostitution 4th offenses, typically distributed across the 22 District Courts each year, into one docket. Ultimately, the RIC Docket has provided an opportunity for nonviolent drug offenders to receive treatment in lieu of cycling in and out of jail for years to come.