Texas juvenile Justice Department

About Us

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is dedicated to caring for the youth in our system and promoting the public safety of all Texans. IOur agency is committed to building a shared, collaborative juvenile system in which state services work hand-in-hand with county juvenile probation departments.

TJJD implements the Texas Model of juvenile justice. The main tenets of the model are:
  • Keep youth as shallow in the system as possible
  • Grow probation resources and preserve local control
  • Focus on the needs and risks of youth
  • Provide scalable, graduated options to meet youth and system needs
  • Commit to the shortest appropriate time period for youth to be in our system
  • Have youth stay as close to their communities whenever possible according to their best interests
  • Infuse trauma-informed care into everything we do

We are guided by the central principle of putting kids first. We have focused on safety and security to improve outcomes for youth while at the same time phasing resources to our probation departments, supporting models for youth with the most intense needs, and implementing trauma-informed corrections across the state.