County Juvenile Justice
students to excellence since September, 1995.
County Juvenile Probation Department
County Road 171
Kyle Teat, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Chad Ward, Assistant Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Victoria Gardzina, Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
BASICS OF JUVENILE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM (JJAEP)
The Texas Education Code
requires the development of a "juvenile justice alternative education program"
by the juvenile board of a county with a population of 125,000. In
1995, the Brazoria County Juvenile Board and the eight school districts
throughout Brazoria County entered into an agreement establishing the Brazoria
County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. The Brazoria County Juvenile Probation Department provides
juvenile probation officers, advisors, support staff and the physical
facility necessary to operate the program. The Angleton Independent
School District provides the educational aspects.
Students are assigned to
JJAEP for a minimum of 13 weeks and advance through three levels to be eligible
for release. The advancement through the levels is based on a point
system. Once this has been accomplished, the student will be advised of
the recommendation regarding their release. If the student's term of expulsion has expired, the student will exit the program.
If the student's term of expulsion has not expired, the student's home
district must give permission for the student to return to public school.
If the request is denied, the student will remain in JJAEP until the
JJAEP presents students
who have had behavior problems in the school or the community with the
opportunity to continue their education while gaining self-discipline and
respect of authority. However, it is up to the student whether appropriate
choices will be made which will ultimately determine their length of stay
and the benefits of the program. For those students who do exhibit
a willingness to conform to the regiment of JJAEP, it is hoped that
this ability to be successful will continue with them as they return to
their home school district.
GETTING ASSIGNED TO
Students enrolled in any
of the eight Brazoria County School districts
between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to be placed in
JJAEP. Students are placed in this program in one of two ways:
EXPULSION FOR SERIOUS OFFENSES:
* Possession of a firearm
Section 37.007 of the Texas
Education Code lists those crimes which, if committed on campus, mandate
that the student be expelled from school. They are:
* Possession of a prohibited weapon
* Aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault
and sexual assault
* Indecency with a child
* Aggravated kidnapping
* Felony drug offenses
* Federal firearm charges
EXPULSION FOR SERIOUS or PERSISTENT
A DAY AT JJAEP
When a student misbehaves
in the public school to such an extent that the local district exhausts
all its discipline measures, a student can be expelled for serious or persistent
misconduct. This is only done after a student has been placed in
the school districts alternative placement and is unable to maintain discipline.
Students are bussed to JJAEP by their local school district. It is the student's responsibility
to be at the designated bus stop at the appropriate time. These times
vary from district and are as early as 5:30 a.m. The bus ride is silent
and any acting out is not tolerated. Students are greeted at JJAEP by
advisors that search each student as they exit the bus.
7:15 - 8:15 Arrival, Search,
Sick Call, Exercises, Breakfast, & Restroom Break.
Parents are required by court order
to pick up the students by 5:00 pm or be subject to a $50.00 fine.
8:15 - 11:15 Classes
11:15 - 11:45 Lunch and Restroom Break
11:45 - 12:30 Company Marching and Team Building exercises
12:30 - 3:30 Classes resume
3:30 - 4:00 Dismissal, Tutorials and Discipline Class.
EDUCATION AT JJAEP
JJAEP incorporates academic
curriculum with fundamental military concepts. The mission of the
educational component is to enable students to perform at grade level.
The program focuses on English language arts, mathematics, science, and
social studies. Some electives are offered. A high school equivalency
program is also offered. Special educational services are provided
cooperatively by the home district and the Angleton Independent School
District. The military component is utilized to assist the student
in accepting and respecting authority. Strict classroom rules, military drill and physical training help the students
Attendance at JJAEP is mandatory. This includes instructional and
non-instructional days. For a student to be given an excused absence they
must follow strict guidelines. Students must call by 8:00 a.m., and advise
the JJAEP that they are
not attending and why. Absences due to illness require a doctor's
notice. Absences due to family emergencies or various appointments
must be approved by the probation officer and confirmed by a note.
Failure to comply with this attendance policy can result in the student
being placed in detention.
DRILL AND CEREMONY:
When students arrive at
JJAEP they are introduced to advisors who immediately begin
to teach them basic military commands, postures and how to move uniformly
with the company. Drill and Ceremony is used by the JJAEP to
move the students from one point to another, while maintaining control.
Marching teaches the students to perform as a team and gives them a sense
Physical training is JJAEP's way of conditioning a student's mind and body. Each student
comes to this program with different abilities and different levels of
confidence. Through physical training, all students will leave here
knowing they have been encouraged to stretch their abilities and work to
their greatest potential, A feeling of success is found as they run the
mile just a bit faster, become a part of the 100 club; (those who can do
100 or more sit-ups), or by facing the challenge of completing the obstacle
course without error.
The key to JJAEP is
discipline. While it is the goal of this program that each student
become self-disciplined, it is often necessary to provide discipline for
misbehavior. Students are informed of consequences of various behaviors
when they arrive and find that discipline is quick and consistent.
The final discipline used at Boot Camp is being placed in Juvenile Detention.