Juvenile Probation Department
6400 Delta Drive
El Paso, Texas 79905
Phone (915) 849-2500

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Juvenile Probation Department

  • About Us
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  • MISSION STATEMENT

    To assist young people in avoiding delinquent behavior and provide protection of the public by promoting the concept of consequences for delinquent conduct, as well as providing treatment, training, and rehabilitation that emphasizes accountability and responsibility of both parents/guardians and children for their actions.

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  • HISTORY

    1950:
    El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department established, Detention Home opened
    1971:
    National Council on Crime and Delinquency first noted inadequacies of El Paso County Juvenile Justice Facility
    El Paso County’s Court of Domestic Relations (overseeing juvenile cases) created and coordinated by presiding Judge Enrique H. Peña
    First Court Directive restricting maximum number of children in Detention at any time
    1972:
    Juvenile judge must ensure that an attorney is available, to represent any juvenile, at all Detention Hearings
    1973:
    63rd Legislature adopted Title III of Family Code, effective September 1st
    Code expanded to prevent loss of jurisdiction over 17 year old who committed delinquent act while younger than 17
    Legislature ratified Interstate Compact on Juveniles
    CINS (Children In Need of Supervision) established
    No more separate Release Hearings for juveniles upon release from Detention
    1974:
    First Director of Court Services and Court Coordinator positions established
    Crisis Intervention Program constructed
    Implementing Computer Information System Project
    Recruiting and training of “Volunteer Probation Officers”
    1976:
    Established Community Improvement Program
    1977:
    First Offender Program established
    1979:
    Established first 2 Court Conference Committees
    Designed and opened Project Crossroads Halfway House as an Alternative to institutionalization
    1980:
    First Review Hearings created and held
    Developed slide presentation entitled, “What Happened to Randy?” dealing with juvenile committed to, then, Texas Youth Councile
    1981:
    New Girl’s Unit constructed by the El Paso Job Corps Center participants
    Victim Restitution Program (provided employment and job training as part of probation), Education Assistance Program and Status Offender Program closed down.
    1982:
    Awarded, first time, “Purchase of Services for Juveniles” Grant
    Old girl’s unit converted to Probation Office space
    Foster Grandparent Program began
    Education programs developed and conducted by Detention staff
    1983:
    Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division, began funding the JPD education component.
    VNA Program established. Prior to this, juveniles with medical issues had to be treated at R.E. Thomason Hospital
    1984:
    Established the Victim Impact and Information Programs, Status Offender Program, Home Confinement/Detention Programs and Hope Line Program.
    1985:
    Mexican National Children Liaison Program introduced
    House Arrest Program began
    6.5 million dollar bond to finance construction of new Juvenile Justice Center approved
    Operation Fingerprint started
    El Paso Juvenile Detention Facility approved for participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program
    1986:
    Groundbreaking on site for new Juvenile Justice Center
    1987:
    Furr’s Foundation Grant provided for physician’s services in the Detention Facility, on an as need basis
    Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division, awarded a $29,404 grant the provided medical/dental diagnostic and treatment, as well as psychological/psychiatric evaluation and treatment
    1988:
    Electronic Monitoring System established, first in the state
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offered a 40-hour seminar that established the SHOCAP Program
    40-hour New Employee Orientation became standardized
    Late December, New Juvenile Justice Facility completed and staff began moving in
    1989:
    Implemented the Border Children Justice Project
    Implemented the Diversionary Placement Program as a TYC alternative
    Transferred Information Management System from JSIS (Juvenile Statistical Information System) to incorporate the local, retooled CJIS (Comprehensive Justice Information System)
    Entered into agreement with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to establish teams, centralizing the joint caseloads by assigning a coordinated DHS/JPD Team
    Visiting Nurse Association Program expanded to 4 hours per day, Monday-Friday
    1990:
    Established the Challenge Program
    Developed an Aftercare component
    Developed a Continuum of Juvenile Court Services focusing on protection of community and rehabilitation
    1991:
    First Juvenile Judge, Enrique H. Peña, retired
    Conscious effort made to divert juveniles from TYC to local departments/facilities for services
    1992:
    First time ever, several cases prosecuted under the Determinate Sentencing Act
    Texas Legislature attached a greater consequence to juveniles adjudicated for felony offenses (possible admission of those records during penalty phase of criminal proceedings)
    PAVE Program began
    1993:
    Established Juvenile Court Referee Program
    Title IV-E Program began
    Mentoring Program with UTEP Student Athletes at JPD (Detention and Challenge)
    1994:
    Challenge Program expanded to include females
    Developed Choices Program, juveniles facing consequences of delinquency
    First Offender and Conference Committee Programs recognized as 2 best prevention programs in the state
    Lowered Age of Certification from 15 to 14
    1995:
    NOVANET Educational Computer System installed at JPD
    1996:
    Project Libertad established
    Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) established
    1997:
    Initial stages of construction on new post-adjudication (Challenge) facility and office extension
    1998:
    In-Home Services Program (IHSP) Grant awarded
    Community Restorative Justice Committee Program (incorporated with Conference Committees)
    1999:
    Ability to accept credit cards for payment, resulting in more compliance/fees paid
    SouthWest Keys Program Residential Treatment Center (RTC) at Crossroads Building
    2000:
    New post-adjudication facility and office extension open
    Department divided into 3 categories: Probation, Operations and Legal
    2001:
    Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Illnesses (TCOMI) grant awarded
    2002:
    2 Assistant Case Mangers added to growing Title IV-E Program
    2003:
    Reassignment of Crossroads Building
    Storage containers to warehouse juvenile records
    2004:
    409th District Court designated as El Paso County Juvenile Drug Court
    2005:
    2 Probation Officers reassigned to Drug Court
    Field and Court Services merge to create Probation Services Unit