Judge Clay Jenkins Appoints Boyd Richie to Truancy Court
[Dallas, TX] – [Boyd Richie fills the vacancy in Dallas County’s Truancy Court system created by the retirement of longtime Judge Charles Stokes. As a Young County Attorney, Richie handled all juvenile and truancy cases and understands the mission of the courts – returning kids to the classroom. The success of the truancy courts has been one of Jenkins’ main priorities during his first term. Richie will contribute to the continued success of that program, Jenkins said, “I am confident Boyd will be the right fit for this position and will be an integral part of our team. I'd also like to thank Judge Stokes not only for his outstanding work in the Truancy Courts but for his previous service in both the County and District Courts.”]
Dallas County is the only county in Texas with a centralized truancy court system that processes the Failure to Attend School violations with magistrates and juvenile case managers instead of the municipal courts or the Justice of the Peace courts.
Since the Truancy Courts were activated in Dallas County:
- Cases are heard faster with a designated court for truancy cases. Students get the help they need to stay in school before issues escalate into further criminal behavior. The average time to hear a case in a truancy court is about 20 days vs. 75-80 days in the municipal and J.P. courts.
- The designated court offers consistency in expectations and outcomes. Dallas County students are expected to adhere to the programs and sanctions designed to help improve attendance.
- The truancy courts have professional Juvenile Case Managers with experience in working with juveniles and their families. This helps in the development of case plans that are effective in getting kids back on the right track.
Jenkins praised Richie while pointing out the importance of the truancy courts, adding “Boyd Richie is a legal legend. He and his wife Betty are known throughout the state for their advocacy for public schools and Texas families. I'm thrilled he has agreed to come to Dallas and join our team!
This is about getting truant students back in school and increasing graduation rates. In other words, it’s about changing lives today, increasing opportunities in the life of young people and building a 21st Century workforce. Richie's arrival will increase the capacity to do that throughout Dallas County.”
Regarding his new position, Richie says “I have many years of experience in ensuring that both students and parents know and follow state law and that they fully understand that a solid public education is the foundation of our democracy and their ticket to a brighter future.” Richie’s wife is also deeply devoted to education and taught school for 25 years prior to her retirement. Boyd Richie points to his partnership with his wife as an ongoing motivational factor in his life’s work “I have seen firsthand what wonderful results could be achieved when students are in school and inspired to learn by caring and resourceful teachers. Betty and I are excited to have this opportunity to become part of the Dallas community and to serve the citizens of Dallas County.”
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