Criminal Justice Division Programs
Prevention & Juvenile Justice
Prevention and intervention initiatives focused on the youngest Texans represent a targeted investment towards future public safety. CJD works collaboratively with a number of stakeholders to implement best-practice programs to support the success of vulnerable populations in schools and to provide leadership on juvenile delinquency issues.
CJD targets high-risk youth and funds programs that 1) divert youth from a path of serious, violent, and chronic delinquency; 2) offer substance abuse or mental health services; or 3) address the disproportionate number of minority youth either under-or over-represented in the juvenile justice systems.
In addition, the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 requires states to provide for an adequate system of monitoring facilities capable of detaining youth with regards to the core requirements of Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO), Sight and Sound Separation, and Jail Removal. As a condition of administering funding under the JJDP Act, CJD is responsible for on-site monitoring for compliance with these core requirements. This inspection process allows for validation of reports and technical assistance where needed.
In connection to these requirements, CJD is also responsible for collecting the state required Juvenile Jail Logs from all sheriff and police departments in Texas. In 2016, CJD streamlined this process by replacing the Juvenile Jail Log with a Juvenile Log Questionnaire. A Juvenile Log Questionnaire must now be completed and submitted for each facility. Despite these new changes, each agency is still required to maintain complete and accurate records of juveniles, as it may be subject to a review at any time. You may download a Juvenile Jail Log Template to help your facility maintain juvenile records each fiscal year. The Juvenile Jail Log Template will allow your agency to focus on the information needed to complete the new questionnaire.
CJD funds a variety of grants to law enforcement programs for investigation, enforcement, prosecution, courts, substance abuse treatment, training, and technology. As necessary, law enforcement resources have been directed toward homeland security initiatives, especially emergency communication systems, border security, training, and coordinated response planning.
The Statewide Texas Amber Alert Network was created through an Executive Order signed by Governor Perry to ensure that every available resource is used to return abducted children safely to their loved ones. Executive Order RP16 states that “the network is a cooperative effort of the Office of the Governor, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, various business and private sector concerns, law enforcement agencies, state and local entities, and the public in the state of Texas.” The DPS coordinates the network and is authorized to activate and deactivate the network for alerts that meet specified criteria.
In accordance with Sec. 121.002 of the Texas Government Code, Specialty Court programs shall provide written notice of the program, any resolution or other official declaration under which the program was established, and a copy of the applicable community justice plan that incorporates duties related to probation/supervision that will be required under the program. Upon receipt of required documentation CJD will provide written verification of compliance to the Specialty Court program.
Programs may use the Specialty Court Registration Form as written notice to CJD of a program or provide updated information related to a program already registered with CJD.
Texas Crime Stoppers
This program provides funds for the administration and operation of local Texas Crime Stoppers programs. Texas Crime Stoppers programs accept anonymous tips and provide rewards when these tips lead to indictments and/or convictions. Texas Crime Stoppers funds a 24-hour toll-free hotline for gathering information on unsolved crimes and trains local programs. Texas Crime Stoppers also provides grant funds directly to certified local programs. The program provides a partnership between the public, law enforcement agencies and the media in order to speed identification and apprehension of criminals.
Assisting crime victims through comprehensive restoration to physical, mental and emotional health is the focus of the Criminal Justice Division’s (CJD) victim strategy. CJD promotes coordinated local service systems that involve multiple disciplines and support a seamless delivery of services to create a state in which service providers and communities at large recognize the power of prevention, education, and individual empowerment, while simultaneously fostering an environment of intolerance for violent acts of crime. This initiative is intended to provide scalable concepts to communities throughout the State of Texas in order to achieve a collaborative approach amongst victim service providers to reinstitute the human priority in victim services.