TJJD

Frequently Asked Questions
About Texas Juvenile Probation


What happens to a child who breaks the law and enters the Texas juvenile justice system?

"When a Child Breaks the Law in Texas"

A child who breaks the law in Texas may enter a complex world of procedures, places and people called the juvenile justice system.  The process is explained briefly in this document.

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I am a student and I am interested in becoming a juvenile probation officer.  Which classes should I take to pursue this career?

Suggestions for types of classes to take:

  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Child Development
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Diversity
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

Suggestions for appropriate experience:

  • Volunteer in agencies dealing with youth and their families.
  • If possible, do internships within these agencies.
  • Work, even part-time, in youth agencies.

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I am the parent of a troubled child.  My child has not yet entered the juvenile probation system, but I believe that without some type of intervention he/she will get into serious trouble.  What are my options?

Suggestions to Parents:

  • Local Probation Departments may offer programs to meet with child/tour detention, etc.
  • Local Prisons or Jails may have a "look inside" program.
  • Local Shelters often provide counseling services, crisis intervention services, and temporary placement.
  • Meet with school officials to determine what services may be offered to assist in specific situations.
  • Seek after school activities, groups for kids.

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Where can I find a list of all secure juvenile facilities in Texas?

Juvenile Facility Registry

This is a current listing of all registered secure juvenile facilities in Texas.

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Where can I find the TJJD Standards?

TJJD Standards  (Secretary of State's Office)

CHAPTER 341  TEXAS JUVENILE PROBATION STANDARDS
CHAPTER 342  STANDARDS FOR HOUSING NON-TEXAS JUVENILES IN TEXAS CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
CHAPTER 343  STANDARDS FOR JUVENILE PRE-ADJUDICATION AND POST-ADJUDICATION SECURE DETENTION FACILITIES
CHAPTER 347  TITLE IV-E FEDERAL FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
CHAPTER 348  JUVENILE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 349  GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE STANDARDS
CHAPTER 351  STANDARDS FOR SHORT-TERM DETENTION FACILITIES

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