Harris County law enforcement officers may take a juvenile to one of
two 24-hour intake units of the Juvenile Probation Department, which
are located at CRC and the Juvenile Detention Center. Intake
Screening is responsible for assessing immediate circumstances and
deciding if the youth is to be detained or released. When a youth is
thought to present a threat to self or to the community or is likely
to run away and not return for a court appearance, the youth will be
held in detention. The goal of Progressive Sanction Guidelines used
by the department is to increase penalties and supervision if a
child repeatedly commits offenses. Level I offenses such as truancy,
runaway and curfew violations and Class C misdemeanors such as
alcohol violations are handled by CRC.
Intake Screening provides pre-adjudication supervision for those
juveniles who are released at the Intake level pending court action.
Weekly contact, curfew checks and school visits that monitor the
youth's compliance are reported to the court. Programs such as
Parents Who Care, Turning Point and the LAW program are available to
families. In addition, Intake Screening diverts about 10 per cent of
youth by telephone screening with law enforcement; decisions made
after arriving at the Detention Center in custody or by referral to
the Chimney Rock Center.
For mental health issues, Intake Screening makes referrals by
telephone at all times and those in custody youths are referred to
the neuro-psychiatric center to address their immediate psychiatric