Overview

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.

Accessibility

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.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department welcomes comments on how to make our website more accessible to individuals living with a disability. If you are using assistive technology and the format of any of the material presented on our website interferes with your ability to access the desired information, please contact our website administrator. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the desired format in which you would prefer to receive the material, the web address of the requested material and your contact information.

Security

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 DIR website.