UAB TASC is the designated Community Corrections Program for Jefferson County, Alabama, by resolution adopted by the Jefferson County Commission, September 6, 1994. Founded in 1973, it has been supported since 1977 by Jefferson County, the City of Birmingham, offender fees and various federal, state and local granting agencies and foundations. Since 1990, TASC has provided over $17 million to the criminal justice system in Jefferson County through external federal grants and contracts. Through TASC, community-based alternatives are made available to offenders who would otherwise burden the justice system with their persistent criminal behavior.
TASC serves the County Jails, District, Circuit, and Family Courts in Birmingham and Bessemer. It operates several program components (with different names). These components target different offender groups or offenders, for services at various points in the criminal justice process. The program currently provides offenders in Jefferson County with case management, criminal justice supervision, random urinalysis and drug treatment services. Through its linkage system, it serves as a broker to an enhanced continuum of treatment and other services.
“Working to improve the Criminal justice system through innovation, research and service.”
It is the mission of TASC to bring innovation and services to the criminal justice system through applied research and evidence-based practices. TASC also advocates for public policies which support community based alternatives to incarceration and treatment as critical components of the criminal justice system. Through TASC, community-based alternatives are made available to offenders who would otherwise burden the criminal justice system with their persistent criminal behavior or occupy space in overcrowded jails and prisons. TASC promotes recovery and positive change among its participants in a continuing effort to ensure a safer and healthier Jefferson County.