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. It represents a new solution for state legislators and county officials as they try to figure out how best to support such victims.

New Youth Agency Taking Shape as Two Close

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With the closure of two previous youth agencies, lawmakers and advocates hope to see cost savings and better results out of the new Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The new agency's oversight board met for the first time last week, and it expects to hire a new leader as soon as next month. 

Report: Texas Youth Justice Better, but Can Improve

Since abuse scandals rocked the Texas juvenile justice system in 2007, reforms have led to fewer youths in prison and less crime among youths, but a national report issued Tuesday indicates Texas could still improve.
The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlined a list of recommendations for states to improve their juvenile justice systems. Texas had already implemented several of them following sexual and physical abuse and mismanagement scandals that led to a complete overhaul of the Texas Youth Commission. But more investment is needed, advocates said, to ensure that youths get the mental health and trauma services they need in their communities.

State Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano.
State Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano.

House Tentatively OKs New Juvenile Justice Agency

Texas youths who get crossways with the law could soon find themselves under the supervision of a new state juvenile justice agency whose main mission is to keep young offenders close to home and quickly headed in a more positive direction.

Shay Bilchik, director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Shay Bilchik, director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

Shay Bilchik: The TT Interview

The director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown Public Policy Institute on the factors Texas lawmakers should consider as they seek to make budget cuts while continuing the reforms they started in 2007.

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.