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How long might a juvenile remain confined to detention?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Young persons who find themselves dealing with the Texas criminal justice system may face time in juvenile detention. Once detained, the incarcerated youth would understandably wonder when he or she could receive a release notice. The court might consider several issues, including public safety, before deciding about a youthful offender’s release.

Release from juvenile detention in Texas

A youth who receives a “determinate commitment” faces a specific prison sentence based on the crime committed. A young person may suffer through a lengthy prison sentence, but the youth could spend a period of confinement and treatment in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). Authorities in the TJJD will monitor the person’s progress. If problems arise, the youth could face a transfer to an adult prison.

Questions regarding how long a youth will remain in TJJD custody may be more pertinent when the sentence involves an “indeterminate commitment.” Under this category, a youth receives a minimum sentence and could remain in confinement until his or her 19th birthday unless the young one qualifies for an early release.

Seeking an early release from an indeterminate commitment

The TJJD looks at each young person’s case individually to determine whether an early release or discharge seems acceptable. Someone who takes treatment and other programs seriously would likely be a better prospect for release than someone who does not. A person likely to continue committing juvenile crimes appears like a weak prospect for early release.

Dealing with the TJJD Review Panel could prove complicated, and the members of the Review Panel would surely wish to see positive reports and evidence of progress. Presenting clear evidence and making a compelling case for release may work in the detained youth’s favor.