Welcome to the
Juvenile Probation Department
In 1899 the first Juvenile Court in the United States was established in Illinois. The framework from which all juvenile departments are established in the state of Texas is via the Texas Juvenile Court Act of 1907. Our present day system evolved from this Act which established the juvenile court system in the four most populated counties in Texas; Bexar, Dallas, El Paso and Harris. The first juvenile court was established on July 18, 1907 and the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department was established on March 5, 1908 when County Judge Phil Shook designated ten citizens from the community to serve as officers for the juvenile court to "work mending the ways of erring children." It's worth noting that this initial staff worked without monetary compensation – reporting their activities directly to the County Judge. As an official department with a budgeted staff, the earliest newspaper archives suggest that the Juvenile Probation Department may have evolved around 1910 and the first Chief Probation Officer was J. Ross Boles, who served from 1912 – 1919 and also served a second term from 1937 - 1939.
Today, the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department operates under the direction of the Juvenile Board - a prototype in Texas providing services to children and their families through dedicated employees, modern facilities and advanced technologies. The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department proudly partners with agencies and citizen volunteers throughout the community to impact the lives of young adults and the families of Bexar County we serve.
The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department is a fundamental part of the Juvenile Justice System. Juvenile offenders are referred to the Juvenile Probation Department when they are accused of a criminal offense. If a child is found to have committed Delinquent Conduct the Juvenile Probation Department then supervises the child if court ordered onto Probation. Our budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is above.
The mission of Bexar County Juvenile Probation is to achieve positive change with children and their families by emphasizing individual responsibility and community safety.