Tribpedia: Juvenile Probation Commission

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 ...

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.

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.

Achieving Closure

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.

Doorway at a juvenile detention facility.
Doorway at a juvenile detention facility.

TribBlog: We Are Family

In the shadow of a projected $21 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers told juvenile justice agencies that they must start budgeting like a cash-strapped family. 

Cuts That Cost

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After shocking abuse was uncovered at Texas Youth Commission facilities in 2007, lawmakers successfully overhauled the state juvenile justice system. Three years later, advocates worry that budget woes will halt that progress.

Help Behind Bars

Experts from across the country were at the Texas Capitol this week to talk about an increase in the number of children in the nation’s juvenile justice system diagnosed with mental health problems. Ben Philpott, who's covering Texas politics and policy for KUT News and the Tribune, filed this report.