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The Smith County Juvenile Services, with participation and involvement of the community, PROTECTS AND SERVES both juvenile offenders and the community:

  • By screening, investigating, supervising, counseling, and referring for services all juveniles involved in law violations.
  • By providing detention that is safe, secure, and nurturing for juveniles who must remain in custody.


To instill respect, discipline, achievement, and responsibility in the youth of our community ensuring citizen safety and security.


Smith County Juvenile Services

Mailing Address:

2630 Morningside Drive

PO Box 1257

Tyler, TX 75708

Tyler, TX 75710

Phone: 24H – 903 535 0850

Fax: 903 510 6704

Ross Worley


Craft, Becky

Executive Assistant

Sharon Gregory

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Womack

Compliance Manager


Gayle Hayward

Deputy Director Probation

Alfred Nelson 

Probation Supervisor

Cheryl Fisher

Sabrina Dean

Judith Stewart

Jay Zehren

Tariq Raza, Trainer

Marisa Duran

Toscha Sneed, Trainer

Shaunda Petty

Lance Maldanado

Stephen McComb

Shaneikwa Sanders

Jerry Wrinkle

Yolanda Mims

Felonda Prince

Claude Brown

Tony Walker

Gussie Wallace

William Kahn

Ann Gallagher

 Jay Zehren, Court Liaison


Susana Castro

Luis Favela

Victoria Williams

Dora Dodd

Kierstyn Pruitt


Chet Thomas

Deputy Director Detention

La’Rita Arthur

Detention Supervisor

Joniesha Pierson

Detention Supervisor

Monica Powell

Detention Supervisor

Ruby Saenz

Detention Supervisor

Jimmy Wilson

Kenny Graham

Cheryl Gallon

Willie Mitchell

Edna Glenn

Ernestine Flournoy

Gene Sigler

Yvonne Edwards

Carl Barker

Brandy Craft

Kendra Tuck

Christopher Simmons

Jamie Ellis

Doug Pruner

Jeffrey Summers       

Victor Vera

Breana Garrett

Reginald Lewis

Justin Wisener

Joseph Leftwich       

Amy Murrell

Zulema Rosales

David Fry

Kallie Moores

TJ Tinnamon


Oscar Perdomo


Tim Fauss            

Karlon Jackson


Gwendolyn Patillo

Renee Jacquez

Mariana Ramirez

Glenda Brice

Shirley Owen


Tony Carvajal

Special Projects/Manager

Glenda Whisenhunt

Administrative Assistant

Conchita G. Mendez

Angelia Sherick

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant



Paula Davis

Int. Res. Coordinator

Janet McDade

Volunteer Coordinator


David Peters

Jody Gootch

Rafael Vera


Rusty Womack


Juvenile Services Programs:


The Smith County Juvenile Court Room at the Juvenile Attention Center is operated under the direction of the Juvenile Judge.


The Court and Community Service Unit consists of:

  • The Director
  • Deputy Director of Probation 
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Probation Officer Supervisor
  • 19 certified Juvenile Probation Officers
  • Case Aides
  • Curfew Checker
  • Data Management Unit Supervisor
  • 3 Data Management Specialists
  • Compliance Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2 Community Service Coordinators

The probation division is responsible for supervising juveniles on probation and referring the child and the family to agencies in the community in order to help meet their needs.  Probation Officers are responsible for conducting initial interviews with the child and their parents, and, if necessary taking the child through the court process.  The Probation Officer is an extension of the Juvenile Court and is responsible for completing social investigations, preparing reports for and testifying in Court.  They are also responsible for supervising the child following court action on a voluntary basis if no court action is taken.

As a supervisor, the Probation Officer monitors the child’s progress or lack of progress in an area such as the home, school, and place of employment.  The supervision and monitoring is to enforce the conditions of probation and to assess the needs of the child.  A confidential record is kept of all significant events regarding each case.  The Probation Officers participate in a 24 hour on-call rotation to answer emergency calls from law enforcement, parents and children.

DETENTION SERVICES                        

The Detention Services are located in a 65-bed facility serving a wide range of troubled juveniles.  A full-time staff of Juvenile Detention Officers provides 24-hour care.  The full time staff consists of:

  • The Facility Administrator  
  • 4 Detention Supervisors
  • 1 Training Officer
  • Intensive Resource Coordinator
  • Detention Officers who work directly with the residents.

The Detention Program provides temporary services for juveniles who are awaiting a court hearing and are unable to return home.  The program is designed to aid the child in becoming more secure, learning discipline habits, following rules, and better understanding socially acceptable behavior.  This is accomplished through daily learning activities, chores, and guidelines that each person is expected to follow.  Juveniles are monitored constantly and are provided daily feedback through a behavioral level system which determines what privileges (i.e.: day-room, phone calls, etc.) are earned each day.  The average length of stay is approximately two weeks.
Other activities, afforded to the program include:  academic studies provided by teachers, volunteer groups offering learning, recreational and religious activities, mentors, and staff implemented activities in physical fitness and life skills.

H.O.P.E. ACADEMY ?(Helping Others Pursue Excellence)


“Creating safer communities by inspiring and empowering at-risk youth to believe and succeed.”

The H.O.P.E. Academy is within the building where Smith County Juvenile Services are located. Juvenile Services has three divisions: Court and Community, Detention, and Residential. H.O.P.E. Academy is a residential secure facility that is designed for the safety and security of the residents, staff, and community. Our goal is to provide residents with a safe, secure, nurturing atmosphere in which they will reflect on past activities, make positive changes in their thinking and behavior, and return to the community as a contributing member. Our staff is committed to helping and facilitating opportunities for change. We are only part of the solution, the attitude and cooperation reflected by residents and their families is vital to any changes that take place.

H.O.P.E. Academy consists of three phases in which residents have the opportunity to earn points every day to move up to the next phase. Daily points can be earned through participation in treatment, school, exercise, behavior, and other daily activities. Resident who earn all possible points every day can complete the program in approximately six months. Residents who are behind in the program will be evaluated by the treatment team to determine a projected completion date. At completion of the program, residents will be presented with a certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony in which family members can participate.

Admission: A child must have a court order from the juvenile court before placing the child in the program.


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