Overview

The goal of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) is to reduce delinquency, increase offender accountability and rehabilitate offenders through a comprehensive, coordinated community-based juvenile probation system. JJAEPs are authorized by chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code which states that only a disciplinary alternative education program operated under the authority of a juvenile board of a county is considered a juvenile justice alternative education program. The JJAEPs assist students in performing at grade level as a result of academic interventions provided by the JJAEP in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and self-discipline. Some JJAEP programs are able to provide some electives. Students are assigned to a JJAEP program as a result of violating Texas Education Code Chapter 37 listed offenses which include: 1) mandatory expulsion from their home school campus for serious infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, 2) discretionary expulsions for serious infractions that occur off-campus as well as other infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, or 3) are court ordered due to Title V offenses or probation conditions.

Number of Programs: 30 of which 25 counties are mandatory and 5 are Discretionary Mandatory Counties: Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Johnson, Lubbock, McLennan, Montgomery, Nueces, Tarrant, Taylor, Travis, Webb, Wichita, Williamson Discretionary Counties: Atascosa, Hale, Hardin, Hill, Karnes-Wilson Oversight All JJAEPs are monitored on-site at least once every biennium. Desk audits for attendance are ongoing to maintain data integrity for funding and reporting purposes.

Contacts

Education Specialist

Marie Welsch
(512) 490-7990
marie.welsch@tjjd.texas.gov

Education Specialist

Alawan Thomas
(512) 490-7980
(737) 218-0847
alawan.thomas@tjjd.texas.gov