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Dallas County Juvenile Department in the News

Dallas County leads progress in juvenile justice
January 30, 2015, The Dallas Morning News
According to a new report from the Council of State Governments, the Dallas County Juvenile Department posted the lowest recidivism rate in Texas.

States see marked drop in juvenile prison populations as reforms take hold
January 29, 2015, The Washington Post
A report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center studies legislative efforts in Texas to keep juvenile offenders closer to home.
Chad Houser cooked up a café to give young offenders a second chance
November 21, 2014, The Christian Science Monitor
At Café Momentum in Dallas former juvenile offenders learn valuable life skills.
Meet a chef who’s using food to change lives
October 30, 2014, The Rachel Ray Show
The work of Café Momentum is featured on The Rachel Ray Show.
Dishing out life lessons to troubled youth
October 22, 2014, Associated Press
The unconventional youth program is changing lives one plate at a time.
Dallas County Juvenile Department Completed the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!"
August 26, 2014
The Dallas County Juvenile Department challenges the Harris County and Tarrant County Juvenile Probation Departments to the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!"
Teens who expect to die young are more likely to commit crime
May 11, 2014, Dallas Morning News
A teen enrolled in the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program now looks forward to future success with his college education.
County’s juvenile justice alternative education program opens food pantry to serve students, families
March 17, 2014, Dallas Morning News
The Dallas County Juvenile Department partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to create a food pantry to students and families the department serves.
Mother-daughter duo helps spark clothing drive for Dallas County juvenile facility
December 24, 2013, Dallas Morning News
Clothing donations are needed for youth leaving the Letot Center.
Letot Center starts building a new home for girls 13-17
September 19, 2013, Dallas Morning News
The Letot Center Capital Foundation reached its campaign goal and construction has started on the new residential treatment center for girls.
Prism Awards winners pull for people with mental illness
September 10, 2013, Dallas Morning News
Diane Boyd, Special Needs Unit Supervisor to receive Lightner Sams Foundation Child Advocate Award from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.
California 9-year-old has set up her lemonade stand in Dallas to raise funds for Letot Center
April 5, 2013, Dallas Morning News
Make a Stand Lemon-aid founder donates Dallas lemonade stand proceeds to the Letot Center to help end human trafficking.
Dallas County commits up to $5 million toward treatment center for exploited girls
February 28, 2013, Dallas Morning News
The Dallas County Juvenile Department will operate the new girls’ residential treatment center that addresses abuse, prostitution, and abandonment in girls ages 13-17.
On the menu at Café Momentum: Hope and maybe a job for juvenile offenders
January 11, 2013, KERA News Radio (NPR)
Youth Village Residents learn culinary skills and more with Café Momentum.
How Cafe Momentum saves juvenile offenders
December 2012, D Magazine
Youth Village residents find hope and inspiration for their future in the Café Momentum program.
Leaders discuss mental health funding
January 3, 2013, KDFW (Fox DFW)
Dallas County leaders advocate for increased mental health services funding.
Helping kids deal with shooting emotions
December 15, 2012, KTVT (CBS DFW)
Dr. John Pita, Chief Psychologist, offers tips for parents to help their children cope with the Newtown school shootings.
Groundbreaking Wednesday on Dallas center for sex-trafficking victims
September 4, 2012, Dallas Morning News
The new girls’ residential treatment center allows girls that have been exploited to get treatment in their own communities.
New court gives hope to juvenile offenders
January 5, 2012, KERA News Radio (NPR)
The first Mental Health Court graduates receive the skills they need to remain out of the justice system.
Dallas County juvenile offender program teaches leadership, commitment with shelter dog training
August 6, 2011, Dallas Morning News
Youth Village residents learn patience and leadership by training shelter dogs to be ready for adoption.
It’s time for a juvenile mental health court in Dallas
April 11, 2011, Dallas Morning News
Community leaders, including Dr. Terry Smith, advocate for the establishment of a juvenile mental health court in Dallas.