Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center
The Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center is committed to providing safety and supervision to detained juveniles by our well-trained, professional and caring staff. Juveniles that are detained (ages 10 thru 17) have not obeyed their probationary status or have committed illegal offenses. In consideration with the development of a resident’s ability to persuade positive behaviors, our Detention Center offers quality education, physical activity and other programming to enhance and enrich our detained juveniles. By partnering with local community resources, we are able to offer activities to encourage intellectual development, character building and positive demeanor for our detained juveniles. While staying at the Detention Center, residents also attend school through San Benito CISD.
Amador R. Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp and Educational Center
The Amador R. Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp and Educational Center is a highly structured and therapeutic residential facility for males between the ages of 14 thru 17. While enrolled at the facility, cadets adhere to regimented schedules that involve structure, physical training, education, counseling, treatment and OSHA vocational training.
Cadets will receive individual and group therapy, in addition to substance use treatment, in order to improve emotional regulation, behavioral response, coping with stress, and to work towards healthy relationships. Psychotherapy and substance abuse services are provided by our in-house Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. All residents will also have access to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is an evidence based model which will provide the juvenile and family the skills to cope with relationships, community safety, life skills and overall emotional and physical well-being.
Cadets also attend school throughout the day, which require the juvenile to be classified as 8th grade or above, and will be supported by San Benito CISD, which also includes a GED component for those eligible. The objective of the program is to provide a safe and secure environment that will instill in our cadets pro-social values such as spirituality, respect, good citizenship and service to the community. Cadets at the Boot Camp are also involved in the Cadets for Vets Home Construction Program. Cadets learn vocational skills and trades to build homes which are moved and donated within the community. This unique program is a certified secure facility with Texas Juvenile Justice Department post-adjudicated facilities in accordance to 343 standards.
Ladies Inspired For Excellence (LIFE) Program
The LIFE Residential Program is a secure facility which utilizes a strength based approach when servicing youth and is designed to service female juveniles ages 14 thru 17 who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and/or have experienced traumatic events in the past.
The program will provide the residents with a therapeutic environment where they will receive Trauma Informed Care and will be allowed to work on their personal struggles. Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a child’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist our residents in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences, with the end goal of enabling them to create a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in his/her life. Each juvenile will be assigned a Licensed Professional Counselor and will participate in individual, group and family counseling to include drug rehabilitation therapy by a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. All residents will also have access to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is an evidence based model which will provide the juvenile and family the skills to cope with relationships, community safety, life skills and overall emotional and physical well-being.
During their stay, our goal is to teach the residents to value themselves, their families, others, and their community. Education requirements require the juvenile to be classified as 8th grade or above. This unique program is a certified secure facility with Texas Juvenile Justice Department post-adjudicated facilities in accordance to 343 standards.