Tribpedia: Texas Juvenile Justice Department

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 ...

Juvenile Offenders Find Rehabilitation Through Work

Miriam works at the AG-Mart Pet Supply Store in Brownwood, Texas as part of her TJJD work program on January 20, 2016.
Miriam works at the AG-Mart Pet Supply Store in Brownwood, Texas as part of her TJJD work program on January 20, 2016.

Texas juvenile justice officials think they might have found a solution to some of their incarcerated youths' behavior problems: putting them to work. The Juvenile Justice Department has developed a pilot program that places a handful of young offenders in jobs if they have already earned a high school diploma or GED.

One of the residence units at the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.
One of the residence units at the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.

Study Touts Community Programs for Juvenile Offenders

Juveniles in Texas who break the law are less likely to reoffend if they’re placed in community supervision programs instead of state facilities, according to a report released Thursday by criminal justice researchers.

 

An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.
An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.

Vacant Juvenile Facility Costing $100,000 Monthly

Last year, lawmakers told the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to close a facility, and the agency drew up plans to shutter its aging Corsicana detention center. Now, lawmakers are keeping it open at a cost of $100,000 a month.

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

Interim Juvenile Justice Department Leader Named

UPDATED: The board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department on Wednesday announced the selection of an interim executive director to succeed Mike Griffiths, who announced his resignation last month.

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. 

An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.
An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.

Lawmaker Delays Leave Facility for Mentally Ill Youths in Limbo

Months after lawmakers cut millions of dollars in funding for the state juvenile justice department and ordered the closure of a detention facility, movement to shutter a Corsicana facility for mentally ill youths remains stalled as state leaders reconsider its demise.

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

State juvenile correctional facility in Mart, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2012
State juvenile correctional facility in Mart, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2012

Phoenix Program Aims to Transform Troubled Youths

For youths who are considered some of the most troubled in the juvenile justice system, the Phoenix Program is a last chance to straighten their paths. For the troubled juvenile system, it may be the road to reform.

Juvenile Justice Board Hires New Agency Leader

The Texas Juvenile Justice Board on Friday voted to hire Michael Griffiths to be the next leader of the youth justice agency as it struggles to improve security and safety at its juvenile correctional facilities.

Survey: Local Juvenile Programs Underfunded

Texas Weekly

Instead of continuing to spend millions on problem-plagued secure facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, juvenile justice reform advocates say legislators should invest more in local probation departments.

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

House Departures Take a Bite Out of Criminal Justice

Texas Weekly

For years they’ve been the Butch and Sundance of Texas criminal justice policy. Republican state Rep. Jerry Madden and Democrat state Sen. John Whitmire have helped lead a sea change in the adult and juvenile prison systems. But the team is breaking up.