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Intake Screening

Intake Screening is the first formal stage in the juvenile justice system. Law enforcement bring youth directly to the intake screening area in the Dr. Jerome McNeill Jr. Detention Center. This unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to process all youth referred by law enforcement agencies or the Courts. Intake provides a recommendation to detain or release the youth based on the circumstances of the presenting offense/referral and the statutory guidelines of the Texas Family Code. Parents and guardians are informed that their child has been detained and what the next steps are. If the recommendation is for the youth to be detained, all relevant information is compiled for judicial review at the next Initial Detention Hearing.