Tribpedia: Texas Juvenile Justice Department

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The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) is responsible for overseeing all youth correctional facilities in the state of Texas. It suffered a major abuse scandal in 2007 from which it is still recovering.

Three percent of youth offenders referred to county juvenile probation departments each year are committed to TJJD institutions. A juvenile offense is committed when the offender is ...

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Archival image of the Corsicana youth detention facility.
Archival image of the Corsicana youth detention facility.

Closing Corsicana: Lessons from a Juvenile Lock-Up

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Since the Corsicana juvenile detention center was founded in 1887 as the Texas Orphan Asylum, the facility's history has followed national trends in juvenile justice issues. 

Bruce Ballou, left, and Jose Luis Perez tutor a teenager participating in the alternative education program in Maverick County.
Bruce Ballou, left, and Jose Luis Perez tutor a teenager participating in the alternative education program in Maverick County.

Border Officers See Hope in Reduced Juvenile Offenders

In the Eagle Pass area, the number of juvenile felony cases referred to Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Bruce Ballou has fallen more than 40 percent since 2012. It's a sign, he says, that his rehabilitative approach is working. 

Despite the statewide decrease in staff-on-youth assaults at juvenile correctional facilities, the rate of youth-on-youth assaults has increased following the 2007 legislative reforms.
Despite the statewide decrease in staff-on-youth assaults at juvenile correctional facilities, the rate of youth-on-youth assaults has increased following the 2007 legislative reforms.

TJJD Weighs Closing Mental Health Unit, Halfway Houses

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is considering closing the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center and two halfway houses after a state budget rider cut funds for the agency's secure facilities.

Detainees line up to leave the outdoor recreation area at theTravis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Detainees line up to leave the outdoor recreation area at theTravis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.

Law Could Set Stage for Juvenile Justice Reforms

A new law allowing Travis County to commit juvenile offenders to local detention facilities instead of large state institutions could set the stage for the next steps in reforming Texas’ juvenile justice system.

Michael Griffiths, the executive director of the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice
Michael Griffiths, the executive director of the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice

Michael Griffiths: The TT Interview

The incoming director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department on how his experience has prepared him for his new role and how he'll solve the problems that have long plagued the state's juvenile system.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/27/12

Aaronson and Tan interactively map women's health program providers in Texas, Galbraith talks to the state's climatologist about (what else?) the drought, Grissom with the latest on violence in youth prisons, Hamilton on why UTEP's low four-year graduation rate may not matter, Murphy's interactive comparing graduation rates and more at public universities in Texas, Ramsey on the redistricting end game (we think), Ramshaw on the state health commissioner's attack on Planned Parenthood and Root on the closing of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's storied Austin bureau: The best of our best content from February 27 to March 2, 2012.