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Texas Laws | Human Resource Code
HUMAN RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 12. JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES AND FACILITIES

(b) The department shall establish performance-based goals related to improved outcomes that: (13349)

(1) must include measures to reduce recidivism; and (13350)

(2) shall include other well-being outcome measures. (13351)

(c) The department shall use case review strategies to identify children in department facilities who can safely and appropriately be transferred to alternative local placements or halfway houses, placed on parole, or discharged from the department. (13352)

(d) The department shall study and report to the board on the potential for repurposing existing secure facilities for the confinement of children with a determinate sentence or children committed under Section 54.04013, Family Code, or for other purposes. (13353)

(e) The department or any local probation department may not use or contract with a facility that was constructed or previously used for the confinement of adult offenders. (13354)

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 962 (S.B. 1630), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2015. (13355)

SUBTITLE B. PROBATION SERVICES; PROBATION FACILITIES (13356)(Text)

CHAPTER 221. ASSISTANCE TO COUNTIES AND REGULATION OF JUVENILE BOARDS AND JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENTS (13357)(Text)
Sec. 221.001. PROVISION OF PROBATION AND DETENTION SERVICES. (13358)(Text)

(a) The department shall assist counties in providing probation and juvenile detention services by encouraging the continued operation of county and multi-county juvenile boards or probation offices. (13359)

(b) If a county discontinues the provision of juvenile probation services, the department may directly provide probation or detention services in the county. (13360)

Redesignated and amended from Human Resources Code, Subchapter C, Chapter 141 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.004, eff. September 1, 2011. (13361)

Sec. 221.002. GENERAL RULES GOVERNING JUVENILE BOARDS, PROBATION DEPARTMENTS, PROBATION OFFICERS, PROGRAMS, AND FACILITIES. (13362)(Text)

(a) The board shall adopt reasonable rules that provide: (13363)

(1) minimum standards for personnel, staffing, case loads, programs, facilities, record keeping, equipment, and other aspects of the operation of a juvenile board that are necessary to provide adequate and effective probation services; (13364)

(2) a code of ethics for probation and detention officers and for the enforcement of that code; (13365)

(3) appropriate educational, preservice and in-service training, and certification standards for probation and detention officers or court-supervised community-based program personnel; (13366)

(4) subject to Subsection (d), minimum standards for public and private juvenile pre-adjudication secure detention facilities, public juvenile post-adjudication secure correctional facilities that are operated under the authority of a juvenile board or governmental unit, private juvenile post-adjudication secure correctional facilities operated under a contract with a governmental unit, except those facilities exempt from certification by Section 42.052(g), and nonsecure correctional facilities operated by or under contract with a governmental unit; and (13367)

(5) minimum standards for juvenile justice alternative education programs created under Section 37.011, Education Code, in collaboration and conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, or its designee. (13368)

(b) In adopting the rules, the board shall consider local information and evidence gathered through public review and comment. (13369)

(c) The department shall operate a statewide registry for all public and private juvenile pre-adjudication secure detention facilities and all public and private juvenile post-adjudication secure correctional facilities. (13370)

(c-1) In adopting rules under Subsection (a)(3), the board shall require probation officers, juvenile supervision officers, and court-supervised community-based program personnel to receive trauma-informed care training. The training must provide knowledge, in line with best practices, of how to interact with juveniles who have experienced traumatic events. (13371)

(d) In adopting rules under Subsection (a)(4), the board shall ensure that the minimum standards for facilities described by Subsection (a)(4) are designed to ensure that juveniles confined in those facilities are provided the rights, benefits, responsibilities, and privileges to which a juvenile is entitled under the United States Constitution, federal law, and the constitution and laws of this state. The minimum standards must include a humane physical and psychological environment, safe conditions of confinement, protection from harm, adequate rehabilitation and education, adequate medical and mental health treatment, and due process of law. (13372)

(e) A juvenile board that does not accept state aid funding from the department under Section 223.001 shall report to the department each month on a form provided by the department the same data as that required of counties accepting state aid funding regarding juvenile justice activities under the jurisdiction of the juvenile board. If the department makes available free software to a juvenile board for the automation and tracking of juveniles under the jurisdiction of the juvenile board, the department may require the monthly report to be provided in an electronic format adopted by rule by the board. (13373)

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