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Juvenile Impact Program



Juvenile Impact Program


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What is The Juvenile Impact Program? 

The Juvenile Impact Program is a three-and-a-half-hour program in which juveniles offenders or potential offenders listen to the life stories of people who have been convicted of crimes and who are spending part of their lives in jail as a result.

What is the purpose of the Impact Program?

Denton County Sheriff Will Travis believes that learning about the consequences of delinquent and criminal activity plays an important part in helping divert youthful offenders away from such behavior.

It is our hope that being exposed to the real-life consequences of delinquent or criminal behavior will affect the behavior of these juveniles.


Who may attend?

Anyone 10 to 17 years of age that has been referred by a school, court or parent may attend the program. Most of the juveniles attending the program have engaged in delinquent behavior or are at risk for such behavior. Many have been truant, runaway, or disruptive in class, but are not yet in the juvenile justice system.

Who may place a juvenile in the program?

Any parent, teacher, police officer or court may place a juvenile or recommend that he or she attend the Impact Program. Placement or recommendation by anyone other than the courts is voluntary.  The program is provided free of charge.

How are juveniles placed in the program?

A referring person or court should first notify the parent(s) of the juvenile being referred and request that the parents contact the Denton County Juvenile Impact Program to schedule an attendance date. All who attend receive a certificate of attendance.

What is required of parents? 

At least one parent or guardian must accompany the juvenile for the entire program. All persons must dress appropriately: no hats, no shorts or open midriffs. Violators will not be permitted to attend the program. No tobacco may be used and no food or drinks are allowed. There will be one convenience break midway through the program.  All court ordered participants must register within 3 business days after receiving court orders.

What should we expect during the program?

After an initial introduction by a Denton County Deputy Sheriff, a peer group made up of inmates from the Texas Youth Commission will speak about their experiences with the criminal justice system, how they came to be incarcerated and what they have learned.



When and where are programs held?

Space is limited for the program.  All attendees must register before attending.

Programs are held Mondays and Wednesdays from
6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at County Criminal Court #4, 127 N. Woodrow LN, Denton, TX  76205. 

The courtroom is located inside the Denton County Jail and Law Enforcement Center.  Attendees may enter through the Main Lobby located on the North entrance of the building between the two flag poles.  You will find the courtroom to your left immediately after entering the lobby.




Who do we contact for information?

For More Information or to schedule,
Contact Program Coordinator

For Boys: Deputy Charley Smith
Office: 940-349-1651
Email: charley.smith@dentoncounty.com

For Girls: Deputy Penny Campbell
Office: 940-349-1549
Email: penny.campbell@dentoncounty.com




127 S Woodrow Ln, Denton, TX 76205


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