Essential Information

TJJD Response to COVID-19

As an agency focused on public safety, the highest priority of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department is to protect the youth in our care and our dedicated employees. TJJD remains in daily contact with the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Department of Emergency Management to remain fully informed and respond to events as the situation changes. Additionally, the agency’s leadership team has been meeting throughout each day to ensure services while maintaining safety. The 2,000 employees of TJJD are committed to doing their part to help Texas beat COVID-19.

POSITIVE TESTS, YOUTH


Since the start of the pandemic, 202 youth at the agency’s secure facilities have tested positive for COVID-19:

Evins Regional Juvenile Center: 31
Gainesville State School: 13
Giddings State School: 89
McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility: 43
Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex: 26

POSITIVE TESTS, STAFF


Since the start of the pandemic, 178 staff members at the agency’s secure facilities have tested positive for COVID-19:

Evins Regional Juvenile Center: 55
Gainesville State School: 11
Giddings State School: 43
McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility: 26
Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex: 43

Since the start of the pandemic, 18 staff members at the agency’s halfway houses have tested positive for COVID-19.

The timeline of positive cases of staff is:


April 2: IT Employee, Giddings State School
May 19: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 16: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 19: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 20: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 21: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 23: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 23: Teacher, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 23: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 24: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 25: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Clerk, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 27: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 27: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
June 27: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 28: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
June 29: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 29: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 30: Staff Member, Giddings State School
June 30: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 30: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 30: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 30: Staff member, TJJD Halfway House
June 30: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 1: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 1: Teacher, Giddings State School
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 1: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 2: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 2: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 2: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 6: 7 Staff Members from mass testing, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 8: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 8: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 8: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 9: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 10: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 10: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 10: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 10: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 11: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
July 11: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 11: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 11: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
July 12: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 12: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 13: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 14: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 14: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 17: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 21: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 21: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 22: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 23: Teacher, Gainesville State School
July 24: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 31: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 31: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 31: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
August 2: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
August 3: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 4: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 6: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 6: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 7: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 10: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
August 13: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 22: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
August 22: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 27: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
August 28: Staff member, TJJD Halfway House
September 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
September 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
September 10: Staff Member, Giddings State School
September 16: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
September 17: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
September 21: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
September 25: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility


Protective Measures

  • Screening. Everyone who enters our facilities receives a health screening and has their temperature taken at the gatehouse. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or who otherwise does not pass the screening is immediately sent home. Additionally, all youth committed to our care receive a health screening by the local probation department prior to movement and again upon arrival at TJJD. All newly admitted youth wear a mask until a complete medical history and assessment can occur.
  • Hand washing. TJJD has installed portable handwashing stations outside our gatehouse for staff and throughout the secure facilities for both youth and staff. Staff and youth are reminded to wash their hands frequently during the day. Hey 
  • Masks. All staff at TJJD secure facilities and halfway houses are issued and required to wear protective masks. Additionally, any staff member who is visiting a jail or detention facility or must work within the community is also required to wear a mask.
  • Small groups. TJJD has implemented policies to ensure that youth within the facilities are kept in the smallest groups possible and that these groups remain intact without social crossover.
  • Volunteers and visitors. In-person volunteer activity and family visitation have been cancelled. TJJD has increased the use of virtual visits and has provided each youth with additional funds for their phone account to allow maximum connection with families during this time. We will still allow a chaplain or attorney to enter a campus, but strongly encourage and enable virtual visits.
  • Intake.  On April 14, TJJD temporarily halted all new admissions to its facilities to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Admissions have slowly resumed since May. For those counties that have had a formal hold issued for their facilities because of a positive test for COVID-19, local officials are required to meet a certification process and submit formal paperwork to TJJD to request a release from the hold.
  • Medical quarantine and COVID-19 testing. Each TJJD facility has set aside space for medical quarantine. Any youth who shows symptoms that could potentially be the result of a COVID-19 infection are moved to quarantine and administered a test. Youth are released from quarantine following a negative test and a medically observed resolution of symptoms based on CDC guidelines. In addition, youth are tested under the following circumstances:

    1. At intake to a TJJD facility
    2. If they had interactions with any staff member who tests positive for COVID-19
    3. If the TJJD medical team determines that a potential COVID-19 infection of a staff member warrants the testing of particular youth

    As of September 25, 2020, 1,445 COVID-19 tests have been administered to youth, and 202 youth at secure facilities and 21 youth at halfway houses have tested positive.

  • Cleaning. We have provided guidance and our facilities are cleaning routinely with a focus on high-touch surfaces. Guidance includes safety standards on use of multiple cleaning products.
  • Education. Youth are receiving alternative education through assignments with a small number of teachers providing support and tutoring on the dorm and are observing rules that require no more than 10 people to a group, social distancing, and masks. We continue to work on developing virtual IT options.
  • Recreation. We understand that engagement and interaction are essential to our youth and that when youths’ daily activities are interrupted, it can cause frustration and anxiety. From both Central Office and our facilities, we have a team charged with providing as many structured activities, physical activities, and opportunities to be outdoors or other recreation spaces as possible.
  • Non-essential travel. All non-essential travel is restricted.
  • Telework. Most non-direct-care staff are telework eligible and TJJD has facilitated broad use of telework by updating our virtual private network (VPN) and distributing devices to those who previously had no laptop or other device from which to work at home. 
  • Parole supervision. Parole visit schedules have been altered based on level of supervision. We are increasing video and phone contacts and continuing in-person contact on a more limited basis and by risk level of youth.
  • Community service and work for youth. For halfway houses, we have closed all community service work that occurs outside of the house and are increasing internal opportunities. For parolees, we are offering parents or 18-year-old youth the option of suspending the TJJD parole requirement to do community service or obtaining work during the duration of this situation.

Response & Communications Systems

  • County COVID updates. TJJD has sent notifications to the county probation departments related to how they must inform TJJD if any staff or youth in their facilities tests positive for COVID-19. This will better assist TJJD in coordinating system-wide responses. TJJD places a hold for intake on any detention facility, contract care facility, or county jail with cases of COVID-19.
  • Ongoing support to field. Probation departments continue to receive guidance related to compliance with standards, training, and information related to COVID-19 response from federal and state agencies.
  • COVID Report Management Center. TJJD has established a management center for any reports of COVID or concerns related. The OIG Incident Reporting Center serves as the single point of intake for such reports. The COVID Report Management Center then receives those reports and takes actions to advise the staff member about appropriate actions to take, escalates concerns, and flags for any needed follow up. Each TJJD staff member is required to report to the IRC any potentially COVID-related symptoms they experience, tests delivered, and results received. Additionally, we have staff available to answer any internal questions or concerns about COVID-19.
  • Staffing response methods. Should TJJD encounter COVID-19 confirmed youth within a facility, our staffing responses will be deployed based on a four-tier approach ranging from our current Readiness Phase to one or more confined cases, a larger number of cases, or widespread cases. Each phase would trigger an elevated staffing response including deployment of our Quarantine Response Teams, which are specially trained direct-care staff members who will provide direct supervision for youth with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

FAQ for Parents

To help understand what it happening at TJJD, we created this FAQ for parents, guardians, and caregivers for youth in the juvenile justice system as well as for the general public. If you would like to reach a TJJD employee for additional information, please visit the Contact Us page.

What are you doing to protect the staff and youth from contact to the virus?

 Our direct-care staff and any essential personnel have their temperature checked and a screening completed before entering the facility. Upon entrance, they are given a mask to wear for the duration of their shift. In addition, we have added hand-washing stations both inside and outside the gates. Anyone who reports contact with a person with COVID-19 is managed according to CDC guidance.

Additionally, we understand the unique environments in which our youth live, so we are focused on steps such as regular hand-washing and maintaining appropriate social distance. 

How is the agency handling employees who have been sick?


We follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including all updates, to determine when a staff member with the virus or with potential contact can return to work.  

How is the agency handling youth who have been sick?


In addressing the potential cases of youth with COVID-19, any youth within our facility will be isolated if they have a fever, and supportive and medical care will be given based upon associated symptoms. Youth with either flu or COVID-19 will have rest as their primary modality for recovery.

Given the seriousness of potential negative outcomes with transferring infected youths, a youth will not be transported between secure facilities, including contract care. The only time a youth will be transported is if hospitalization is believed to be necessary and the youth will be transported by EMS only in these cases. 

How many staff and youth at TJJD’s secure facilities and halfway houses have tested positive for COVID-19?

223 youth have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic:

June 22: Giddings State School
June 25: Giddings State School
June 25: Giddings State School
June 25: Giddings State School
June 25: Giddings State School
June 25: Giddings State School
June 25: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 27: Gainesville State School
June 29: TJJD Halfway House
June 29: TJJD Halfway House
June 29: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 29: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 29: TJJD Halfway House
June 29: TJJD Halfway House
June 30: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 30: Giddings State School
June 30: Giddings State School
June 30: Giddings State School
June 30: Giddings State School
June 30: Giddings State School
July 1: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Gainesville State School
July 2: Gainesville State School
July 2: Gainesville State School
July 2: Gainesville State School
July 2: Gainesville State School
July 2: McClennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 2: McClennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Giddings State School
July 2: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 3: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 3: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Giddings State School
July 4: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 5: TJJD Halfway House
July 5: TJJD Halfway House
July 5: TJJD Halfway House
July 5: TJJD Halfway House
July 6: 35 Youth from mass testing at Giddings State School
July 6: TJJD Halfway House
July 7: TJJD Halfway House
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 9: Giddings State School
July 11: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Giddings State School
July 13: Giddings State School
July 13: 29 total youth at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 14: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 14: TJJD Halfway House
July 17: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 18: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 18: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 18: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 18: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 18: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 21: Giddings State School
July 22: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 22: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 22: TJJD Halfway House
July 23: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 23: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 23: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 24: Giddings State School
July 24: 4 youth at a TJJD Halfway House from campus-wide testing
July 26: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 26: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 26: Giddings State School
July 30: Giddings State School
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 30: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 31: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 31: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 31: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 1: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 1: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 13: Giddings State School
August 14  : McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 19: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 22: Giddings State School
August 26 : Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 27: Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 31: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
September 4: Giddings State School
September 4: Giddings State School
September 4: Giddings State School
September 4: Giddings State School
September 4: Giddings State School
September 21: McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility

Eighteen staff members at halfway houses have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

178 staff members at secure facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic:

April 2: IT Employee, Giddings State School
May 19: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 16: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 19: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 20: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 21: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 23: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 23: Teacher, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 23: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 24: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 25: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Clerk, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 26: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
June 27: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 27: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
June 29: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 29: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 30: Staff Member, Giddings State School
June 30: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 30: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
June 30: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
June 30: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 1: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 1: Teacher, Giddings State School
July 1: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 2: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 3: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, TJJD Halfway House
July 6: 8 Staff Members from mass testing, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, TJJD Halfway House
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State SchoolJuly 3: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 5: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 6: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 6: 8 Staff Members from mass testing, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 7: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 8: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 8: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 8: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 8: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 9: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 10: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 10: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 10: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 10: Youth Development Coach, Gainesville State School
July 11: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 11: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
July 11: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 11: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 11: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
July 12: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 12: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 12: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 13: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 13: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 14: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 14: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 15: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 16: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 17: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 17: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 18: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 19: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 19: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
July 20: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 21: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 21: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 22: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
July 22: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 23: Teacher, Gainesville State School
July 23: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 23: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 24: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 26: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 26: Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
July 26: Giddings State School
July 31: Staff Member, Giddings State School
July 31: Youth Development Coach, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
July 31: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
August 3: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 4: Staff Member, Evins Regional Juvenile Center
August 4: Giddings State School
August 5: Giddings State School
August 5: Giddings State School
August 5: Giddings State School
August 6: Staff Member, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 6: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 7: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
August 10: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
August 13: Staff Member, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 22: Staff Member, Gainesville State School
August 22: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
August 27: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
September 2: Youth Development Coach, Giddings State School
September 4: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
September 10: Staff Member, Giddings State School
September 16: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
September 17: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility
September 21: Youth Development Coach, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex
September 25: Youth Development Coach, McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility

How has the agency responded to counties that have reported cases of COVID-19?

On April 14, TJJD temporarily halted all new admissions to its facilities for two weeks. The policy can be extended depending on the circumstances. The decision was made to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to our facilities.

Is the public allowed to enter TJJD secure facilities?


At this time, the agency has enacted broad restrictions to limit access to our facilities. We have suspended in-person visitation, and we have contacted families to provide options such as virtual visitation or additional phone calls.  Volunteers, with the exception of attorneys and individuals who lead religious services, are also not allowed inside our facilities at this time.

Has the agency changed its travel policy?


Yes, at this time, per the instructions of Governor Abbott, all non-essential travel has been canceled.  

For those employees who had personal travel, we have established an internal email address to help answer their questions or determine risk based on their history and interactions. 

Has the Office of the Independent Ombudsman changed its procedures?


The Ombudsman has postponed in-person site visits at this time. The Ombudsman has reached out to the secure facilities and is working with case managers and youth rights specialists to set up schedules for youth to make regular contact with the Ombudsman for virtual visits.  

The Ombudsman has also created a procedure for youth who need to speak to the Ombudsman directly. As always, the agency’s hotline calls are monitored and responded to as well.   

Finally, the Ombudsman has contacted Contract and County facilities to set up similar procedures to maintain a virtual presence in those facilities as well.   

Has the agency implemented any new cleaning procedures?


At all times, TJJD is sensitive to the concerns and safety issues related to any illness within our secure facilities and TJJD has regular safety and cleaning plans in place. Because of COVID-19, we have stepped up those procedures and provided guidance to our facilities to ensure they are cleaning routinely with a focus on high-touch surfaces and high-trafficked areas. Guidance includes safety standards on use of multiple cleaning products.   

How has COVID-19 affected the classrooms that are operated by TJJD within the secure facilities?


Our schools were on Spring Break during the week of March 16, and that break was extended through the week of March 23.

Because the school buildings will remain closed to avoid large gatherings of people, beginning on March 30, teachers began providing instruction inside the dorms by observing the Rule of 10, which means that groups larger than 10 are to be avoided and social distancing must be observed.

Like any other essential personnel who work at the facilities, teachers must pass a health screening to enter the campus and engage with the youth.

How have the halfway houses been affected by COVID-19?


At this time, we have implemented safety measure similar to those at our secure facilities to protect staff and youth. In addition, we have postponed all community service work that occurs outside of our halfway houses and are increasing internal opportunities for the youth to meet community service requirements. 

Have parole supervision visits changed?


Yes, those visits have been altered based on the level of supervision. We are increasing video and phone contacts and continuing in-person contact on a more limited basis and are prioritizing the visits by the risk level of youth.

For parolees, we are offering parents or 18-year-old youth the option of suspending the TJJD parole requirement to do community service or obtaining work during the duration of this situation. To request a waiver, please contact your child's parole officer or call TJJD's  Marqus Butler at (512) 490-7768.  

Are resources available for Texans who are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by COVID-19?


Yes, the Texas Department of State Health Services has established a mental health hotline that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is free to call: (833) 986-1919.

In addition, DSHS has created a comprehensive site for helpful information related to COVID-19.

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Facility Holds

TJJD has placed formal holds on juvenile dention centers and county jails in which a youth or staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Here is the complete list:

Juvenile Detention Facilities

Collin County John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center
Harris County Juvenile Detention
Hays County Juvenile Detention Center
Travis County Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center
Webb County Solomon Casseb Jr. Youth Village

County Jails

Angelina
Aransas
Atascosa
Austin
Bailey
Bastrop
Bell
Bexar
Bowie
Brazoria
Brazos
Brooks (Private Facility)
Burleson
Burnet
Caldwell
Calhoun
Cameron
Chambers
Collin
Comanche
Coryell
Crockett
Dallam
Dallas
Denton
Dimmit
Ector
Ellis
El Paso
Erath
Fannin (Private Facility)
Fayette 
Fort Bend
Freestone
Gaines
Galveston
Grayson
Gregg
Guadalupe
Harris
Hartley
Haskell
Hays
Hidalgo
Hill
Jefferson
Jefferson County (Private Facility)
Johnson
Karnes
Kaufman
Kendall
Kleberg
Liberty
Limestone
Lubbock
Matagorda
Maverick
Maverick (Private Facility)
McLennan
Midland
Milam
Montgomery
Nacogdoches
Nolan
Nueces
Parker
Pecos
Potter
Randall
San Augustine
San Patricio
Smith
Starr
Stephens
Tarrant
Taylor
Terrell
Tom Green
Travis
Victoria
Walker
Washington
Webb
Wharton
Wichita
Willacy
Williamson
Zapata

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