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 this, CJD is also responsible for collecting the state required Juvenile Jail Log from all sheriff and police departments in Texas.
Click Here to download a blank Juvenile Jail Log as well as instructions for submission to CJD.
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.
Specialty courts are judicially supervised substance abuse treatment programs serving nonviolent offenders. Specialty court participants undergo an intensive regimen of substance abuse and mental health treatment, case management, drug testing, and probation supervision while reporting to regularly scheduled status hearings before a judge with specialized expertise in the drug court model.
In accordance with Sec. 469.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code Specialty Court programs shall notify CJD before or on implementation of the program and provide information regarding the performance of the program to the division on request. Programs may use the Specialty Court Registration Form to notify CJD about a program or provide updated information related to a program already registered with CJD.
Click Here to see a current list of active Specialty Courts in Texas.
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.