Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established earlier this year by the Big Spring City Council, and members of the Howard County Teen Court Board of Directors have been continually working hard to get the program started.
Brenda Tubb, Howard County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and member of the Howard County Teen Court Board of Directors, advised that Howard County Teen Court had been around years ago and noted that Howard County schools, as well as city and county officials have agreed to be a part of the program. Tubbs also stated that any juvenile that goes in front of the municipal court or Justice of the Peace is eligible for Teen Court.
The goals of Teen Court are to stop illegal behavior before it becomes a habit; educate teens about the law; and dispense with juvenile cases in a positive, effective, and efficient manner.
Dana Rodriguez, Big Spring ISD Truancy Officer and President of the Board, advised that the program would benefit more than just referred teens. It would also be a great opportunity for community service for students who are applying for scholarships. She stated that volunteers are needed to be attorneys, bailiffs, court clerk, and jurors; also adding that adults are needed to oversee the proceedings.
Rodriguez went on to say that the Board is currently looking for an Executive Director to oversee the program. She noted that it’s a paid position with only 10-12 hours per week right now, but as the program grows, so would the amount of hours. For more information about the position or about Howard County Teen Court, contact Dana at 432-264-3622 ext. 1111.