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State Counsel for Offenders

Giustina Persich, Director, State Counsel for Offenders
Giustina Persich

The mission of the State Counsel for Offenders (SCFO) is to provide attorneys and legal staff, independent of the TDCJ, to represent or assist indigent offenders with legal problems.


Texas Board of Criminal Justice
State Counsel for Offenders Division
2503 Lake Road
PO Box 4005
Huntsville, TX 77342-4005
Phone: (936) 437-5203

Criminal Defense Section
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 521-6719

Legal Services Section
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 437-5295

Appellate Section
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 437-5214

Civil Defense Section
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 521-6721

Investigation Section
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 437-5293

Administrative Services
Phone: (936) 437-5203
Fax: (936) 437-5293

How Can an Offender...?

Correct an error related to how much time s/he must serve?

Get married/divorced?

Respond to a motion for child support?

Learn about the possible types of relief to removal (deportation)?

Learn about the civil commitment of sexually violent predators?

Make a claim of actual innocence?