Parole Program Overview
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Parole Program plays a significant role in
TJJD's correctional treatment program and continuum of care. The program
is designed to:
- Increase accountability for youths returned to the community;
- Include community service activities; and to
- Enhance public, private, state, and local services for the young people and their
While on parole, the young people are held accountable for following their success
plans, which they developed while in a residential program.
Most youth initially placed on parole are assigned to the intensive level of surveillance.
Youth who have earned parole credit in other programs can be assigned to a moderate
or minimum. The parole officer meets face-to-face with the youth to:
- Monitor the youth's overall progress;
- Determine if the youth is complying with the success plan that was agreed upon prior
to being placed on parole; and to
- Assist the youth in reintegration into the community through the implementation
of the parole success plan.
Surveillance is a verification of the youth's location, daily schedule, and required
activities. It can be intensive, moderate, or minimum. The parolee is to remain
on intensive surveillance because of his delinquent history classification, or as
long as necessary to determine if he or she is complying with all parole requirements.
For “General Offenders” (most non-violent offenders), a Fast Track Parole process
is available. Under Fast Track Parole, it is possible for a youth to be approved
for discharge from TJJD jurisdiction at the sixth month on parole, rather than at
the minimum ninth month. To be discharged, however, the youth has to demonstrate
that all requirements for discharge have been met.
While on parole, the level of surveillance is reduced as the youth demonstrates
compliance with the program objectives.
Youth on parole have regularly scheduled office appointments with a parole officer,
plus unscheduled visits by parole staff to schools, work sites, and homes. When
necessary, random curfew checks are made through surveillance and supervision services
available to TJJD in the larger metropolitan counties.