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.
It is the mission of the UAB TASC Program to reduce the criminality of offenders in the Jefferson County community. This goal can best be accomplished by maximizing rehabilitative effects through cooperative and coordinated efforts of the criminal justice system, TASC and community providers. TASC is founded on the perception that early intervention contributes to the success of the participant’s recovery process and consequently decreases his/her involvement in illegal activities.