About Our Website
Thanks for visiting our new website. If you’ve visited us before, you might notice that our new site is quite a dramatic departure from the previous design. That’s because we saw an opportunity to use the design to help visitors understand more about the youth in our care, and the programs that help inspire and revitalize them.
Our redesign process began several years ago by analyzing site visitation statistics. We found that our current site placed barriers between our users and the content that they needed. Basically, finding stuff was difficult. Correcting that serious problem was our most critical task. To that end, we have implemented three key features: user-focused architecture, a server-side site search tool, and a document library. What does that mean?
- User-focused architecture: Website content is intricately managed on the back-end using a content management system ↑ so that the user experience on the front-end is clean and comprehensible
- Server-side search tool: We don’t rely on third-party applications to index our site, so everything is searchable, and there are no ads to interrupt your experience.
- Document library: Management of over 1800 documents (and counting) in over 400 categories (and counting) means that every document is categorized and searchable.
Once the site was organized, we focused on the design. We have a valuable resource in our education program: our art educators. We asked them to work with students in our facilities to provide illustrations on the themes of home, nature, and safety. The artwork they sent us was nothing less than astounding, and helped inspire every nuance of the site’s design and navigation. To find out more about the effort, take a look at the news article Teachers and Students Help Illustrate New Website.
Looking forward, we hope to provide new illustrations on a regular basis, and to rely on the inspirational work of the youth in our care to not only help tell our story, but demonstrate through their work how their care is progressing.
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is committed to maintaining a website that is accessible to all users. We follow the guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), legislative requirements provided by the Federal Government's Section 508 standards, and the definition of a generally accessible Internet site as defined in the Texas Administrative Code Section 206 - State WebSites. As part of our commitment, each new web page or application is reviewed and evaluated utilizing various validation resources prior to its release. Additionally, we have also included features that are designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities, which include:
- We use a content management system to manage the site, and to keep content separate from styles.
- We have supplied all of our site’s images with Alt tags, short descriptions of the image, which aid users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.
- We have implemented the use of headings, lists and website structure in a consistent manner.
- Using hypertext links that make sense when read out of context rather than utilizing broad language such as "click here."
- Applying summaries to tables and creating them in a manner that allows for line by line reading.
- Providing alternatives in cases where content may not be easily accessed or accessible.
Information resources residing at state agencies are valuable assets belonging to the citizens of Texas. The Texas Department of Information Resources (TJJD) helps government agencies and educational institutions assure the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of these critical assets.
For more information about information security, please visit the Texas Department of Information Resources's website.
Privacy and Security Policy
TJJD maintains this website as a public service. This policy describes TJJD's privacy and security practices regarding information collected from visitors to the site, including what information is collected and how that information is used. The policy applies to all pages beginning with www.tjjd.texas.gov.
Please note that all information collected or maintained by TJJD is subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act (TGC 552). The email addresses of most members of the public who communicate with state agencies through the Internet is confidential under Texas law. Exceptions to confidentiality may be reviewed at TGC 552.137.
An individual who submits information in electronic format through this website is entitled, on request, to receive and review the information TJJD collects about the individual, and to have TJJD correct the information. Contact TJJD with your request.
Use and Release of Information
TJJD uses persistent, first-party cookies to track and report visitor information and collect information via web-based forms. TJJD does not implement third-party cookies.
Server logs / log analysis tools
TJJD uses persistent, first-party cookies, server logs, and log analysis tools to create summary statistics about website usage to improve site management. The statistics are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. TJJD does not report or use this type of information in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and does not release the information to any outside parties unless required to do so under applicable law.
The following information is collected for this analysis:
- User/client hostname – hostname (or IP address, if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access
- HTTP header, “user-agent” – type of browser used, the browser version, and the operating system it is running on
- HTTP header, “referrer” – page from which the user/client accessed the current page
- System date – date and time of the user/client requestFull request – exact request the user/client made
- Status – status code the server returned to the user/client
- Content length – length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client
- Method – Request method used
- Uniform Resource Identifier (URI or URL) – location of a resource on the server
- Query string of the URL – anything after the question mark in a URL
- Protocol – transport protocol and version used
TJJD monitors network traffic for site security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all users. Unauthorized attempts to upload information, change information on this site, or otherwise cause damage are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or 33A (Telecommunications Crimes). Except as may be required for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. TJJD does not use raw data logs for any other purposes; however, it is possible that parts of raw data logs could be determined to be Open Records by the Office of the Attorney General. If such a determination were made subsequent to a Public Information Act request for the logs, TJJD would be required to disclose parts of the logs deemed open by the Office of the Attorney General.
The TJJD website uses persistent, first-party cookies with web-based forms for such purposes as collecting survey results, providing online registration for TJJD-sponsored events, collecting and reporting of continuing education activities by information resources managers, and recording computerized geographic data. Personally identifiable information collected from web-based forms is used only for the purpose specified (survey results, online registration, etc.). Each web-based form contains a link to Site Policies, including the Privacy and Security Policy. To the extent personally identifiable information is collected, TJJD will adhere to all statutory requirements in protecting citizen data.
State agencies may not sell or release the email addresses of most members of the public that have been provided to communicate electronically with a government body without the affirmative consent of the affected member of the public. Exemptions to this confidentiality may be reviewed at TGC 552.137. Personally identifiable information contained in a question or comment sent to TJJD in an email message or submitted in an online form is only used by TJJD to respond to the request and to analyze trends. To the extent necessary and appropriate, TJJD may reTJJDect the message to another government agency or government employee who is in a better position to answer the question.
This page provides links to software for accessing a variety of file types that are available to view or download from this website. The file types are listed below, with recommendations for use and links to available plug-ins.
DOC / DOCX
Documents formatted in Microsoft word processing software. Download these files if you have a word processor capable of reading the version and if you want to keep the formatting and edit the document electronically. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from Microsoft's Download Center.
Hypertext Markup Language is the standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications.
PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development, but also used as a general-purpose programming language.
Portable Document Format: A universal file format that prevents the accidental modification of the content, look, and layout of a printed document. These files are accessible through a free viewer published by Adobe. TJJD recommends using the latest release of the free Adobe viewer. Some toolsets including Microsoft Word allow the conversion of some PDF documents to an editable format, as well as, saving standard DOC/DOCX documents into a PDF format. Select this file type if you want to print a copy of the document. Tagged PDF files are generally accessible via assistive technologies.
PowerPoint Slide Show Presentation: Download these files if you have software capable of reading the version and you want to edit the slide show electronically. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from the Microsoft's Download Center.
Rich Text Format: Text files with some formatting. Download this file type if you want to save and edit the document electronically. A plug-in for viewing these files is available from the Microsoft's Download Center.
A TXT file is a standard text document that contains unformatted text. It is recognized by any text editing or word processing program and can also be processed by most other software programs. TXT files are often created and opened using Microsoft Notepad and Apple TextEdit.