Intake Screening Unit
Intake Screening is the first formal stage in the Juvenile Justice System. This unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to process all youth referred by Law Enforcement agencies or the Courts. Intake provides a recommendation to detain or release the youth based on the circumstances of the presenting offense/referral and the statutory guidelines of the Texas Family Code. If the youth is to be released, the parent/legal guardian is contacted to pick up the child. If the recommendation is for the youth to be detained, all relevant information is compiled for judicial review at the next Initial Detention Hearing.