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Juvenile programs are very much on the top of my agenda and mind.  It is the kids that are violating the law, but it is those kids who are hurting and need help.  I am impressed that it is always the goal of the JPO (Juvenile Probation Officer) not to punish the juvenile but to fix him / her. The Juvenile Court always has this goal in mind as well. We have a new Chief Juvenile Probation Officer (interim) in Bill Gamez.

We are facing large deficits in the Detention Center budget so Mr. Gamez and I are working on programs we can sell to increase revenue.  One big item is to use part of the Center to establish a regional Alcohol and Drug Juvenile Rehab program.  It would increase Detention population at long term rates.  There is a lot to this, but the short version is that, I believe, we could see increased revenues of over $300,000.  We are also bringing in more short-term detention residents from Bandera, Kerr, Medina, Kendall, Comal and Uvalde.  Mr. Gamez and I went to solicit Kerr County’s business last week and we succeeded.

I would also like to see a group home (not a lock up) in Atascosa County for those juveniles who do not have an appropriate home to place them in while they are out of detention but still on probation.  If anyone has ideas about this group home idea I would love to hear them.  You can email me at countyjudge@atascosacounty.texas.gov or call me at 830-769-3093. I believe good things happen when good people work together.  These kids are at risk and your county is working to make their lives better and turn them around.

Thanks for listening.

We want you to be proud of your County Government.

Bob Hurley is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at countyjudge@atascosacounty.texas.gov

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