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Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, 2003 Annual Report

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28 pages
This 2003 Annual Report of the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (Texas) features the programs and activities performed by the department and its various divisions, along with statistics.
The department's mission is "the protection of the public and provision of services to youth referred for violations of the law." As mandated in the Texas Juvenile Justice Code, the department provides services that include treatment, training, rehabilitation, and incarceration, while emphasizing responsibility and accountability of both parent and child for the child's conduct. Among the probation programs described in this report is the TRIAD Prevention Program, which provides screening, assessment, crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency shelter for juveniles. Another program sponsored by the department is called STAR (Services for At-Risk Youth), which includes a truancy learning camp, psychological testing, a legal awareness workshop, and deferred prosecution. The YouthBuild program provides educational training and job opportunities for youth in carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, automotive work, and plumbing. Other programs described focus on GED preparation, community service restitution, anger management, therapeutic counseling, and institutional aftercare. Departmental programs also address drug treatment, diversion for special-needs youth, parent-child workshops, mentoring, and relapse-prevention supervision. Statistics are provided on referrals by school district and ethnicity for 2003, court activity, offense severity, referring agency, most serious offense per referral and per admission to detention (2001-2003), referrals by age and ethnicity for males and females, residential services, admissions to detention by month and age, and number of referrals by month and gender.