Tribpedia: Juvenile Probation Commission

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The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission provides funding, technical assistance and training for county and local juvenile probation departments. The agency also establishes and enforces state standards, analyzes statewide data, and facilitates communication between state and local juvenile justice entities.

The agency is governed by a board of nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate. The ...

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Executive Director Kellie Armstrong, right, and founder Nikki Richnow, left, showing some of paintings that the resident girls made while at Freedom Place near Houston Monday, July 2, 2012.
Executive Director Kellie Armstrong, right, and founder Nikki Richnow, left, showing some of paintings that the resident girls made while at Freedom Place near Houston Monday, July 2, 2012.

New Facility is Haven for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Freedom Place, outside of Houston, is Texas' first privately run safe house that provides long-term housing for American girls who are victims of sex trafficking.

Budget Woes May Close More Texas Youth Facilities

Lawmakers, bureaucrats and criminal justice advocates all agree that the state’s trouble-ridden Texas Youth Commission ought to close down two of its correctional facilities. Like other state agencies, TYC has been asked to cut its budget for the next biennium by 10 percent, or $40 million. But no one at TYC is saying which lockups should get shuttered. “They don’t want to bite that bullet and show leadership,” says state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston.