About TJJD

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Pursuant to Senate Bill 653 passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) was created on December 1, 2011 and the existing Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) and Texas Youth Commission (TYC) were abolished. On December 1, 2011, operations of both TJPC and TYC were transferred to the new TJJD and all references to TJPC and TYC were changed to the new name. On behalf of TJJD, welcome to our website.

Mail Address:
P.O. Box 12757
Austin, Texas 78711.

Please use the above for all communications.


Transforming young lives and creating safer communities.

Core Values

  • Justice
    We do the right thing, in all things, with all people.
  • Safety
    We commit to a culture that protects youth, employees, and the public.
  • Integrity
    We build trust through transparency and ethical behavior.
  • Partnership
    We achieve best results through collaboration with counties, stakeholders, youth and their families.
  • Innovation
    We proactively create opportunities to improve the juvenile justice system.


An effective and integrated juvenile justice system that:

  1. Advances public safety through rehabilitation.
  2. Equitably affords youth access to service matching their needs to enhance opportunities for a satisfying and productive life.
  3. Employs a stabilized and engaged workforce fully empowered to be agents of change.
  4. Operates safe and therapeutic environments with positive peer cultures emphasizing mutual accountability.
  5. Is a model system with innovative, data-driven, and successful programming.

TJJD Role in Juvenile Justice

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