Mission of the Randall County Juvenile Probation Department is to provide quality
preventive and rehabilitative services for youthful offenders, youth at risk
of offending, their families and the community. These services should be provided
in a way that assures an appropriate level of supervision and services for the
needs of the youth and their families; promote the safety and welfare of the
community and create a professional, healthy efficient workplace so that those
served can become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens.
The Randall County Juvenile Probation Department believes:
- Individuals have worth regardless of their choices
- Individuals have the capacity to change
- Individuals should be held accountable for their choices
- The community deserves to be safe
- Victims deserve an advocate
- We are an essential part of the change process
Overview of Services
juvenile (ages 10-17) can enter the juvenile justice system in a variety of
ways; however, referrals are most often made by local law enforcement officials.
Most arrests of juveniles in Randall County result in a referral to this department.
Once a juvenile is referred to this department, a decision is made on how to
best serve the needs of the youth, his family and the community. In most cases
and effort is made to provide the youth with the opportunity to remain in his
or her own community. If the need exists, the youth is referred to Juvenile
Court. The juvenile court has basically three options regarding the disposition
of juvenile offenders: probation while remaining at home, placement on probation
outside of the home, or commitment to the Texas Youth Commission. If a child
is placed on supervision, a probation officer is assigned to that child and
monitors their behavior, provides appropriate counseling and guidance for the
youth and his or her family, and visits the child's home and school.
Additionally Randall County Juvenile Probation offers services besides traditional probation,
which are available to any resident of Randall County. The services are as follows:
- Youth and Family Diversion Program This program is devised to provide an opportunity,
for a child to be diverted from formal or informal supervision. This program
allows a youth and his family to participate in an organized program that
will inform them of consequences that can occur if they continue to act
out. This program is offered each month, on Saturday, from 9am to 12. Referrals
are made to other social agencies after the program, dependent on the needs
of the family.
This is a puppet program offered for K-3rd grades of Potter and
Randall Counties. This program offers a prevention and intervention program
focusing on the choices of being drug and crime-free. Tours of the Youth
Center of the High Plains are also made available on a limited basis. Speakers
and educational programs are available to grades 4 - 12.
- Family Adventure Weekend Family Adventure Weekend is an intense weekend family
workshop that serves the families of adjudicated youth. The purpose of this
weekend is to assist parents and youth with communication, building trust
and improving parenting skills.
- P.R.I.D.E (Potter Randall Intervention and Drug Education) This program is designed
to reduce the risk of alcohol/substance abuse for the youth of Randall and
Potter Counties. Services provided include, but are not limited to: Crisis
Intervention, Case Management, Individual and Group intervention, family
services, referrals, consultation and aftercare.
- Victims Assistance Coordinator Victims of juvenile offenders are provided an explanation
of the juvenile justice system, sent a restitution packet, and assisted
in receiving services from the Attorney General's Office/Crime Victims
Compensation Division. This program is an advocate for the victim as the
case proceeds from initial referral to its final disposition.
- High Plains Adventure The ropes initiative is a form of experiential therapy
that facilitates team work and group cohesiveness while at the same time
encourages the development of confidence and self esteem with individual
participants. This service is open to public groups upon availability of
Audited Financial Statements:
You can reach the Randall County Juvenile Probation Department at 9300 South Georgia, Amarillo, Texas or by phone at (806) 468-5706 or by email at email@example.com.