About Us

Who we are

The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department works closely with local law enforcement and with local school district police departments to seek justice for the citizens of Cameron County while endeavoring to redirect and rehabilitate juvenile offenders through our variety of facilities and programs. This department is given the task of prosecuting misdemeanor and felony crimes, truancy and runaway status offenses committed by juveniles (ages’ ten through seventeen) within the county.

Once adjudicated by the Cameron County Juvenile Justice System, a child may be placed on community supervision probation, at a boot camp facility, Court ordered rehabilitation programs, out of county placement, be committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, or be certified to stand trial as adults when justice so demands.

We are the department WHERE CHANGE HAPPENS and we are proud to offer innovative methods and techniques to assist in the rehabilitation of our juveniles. As an entity of Cameron County, our mission is to deliver the finest service our county can offer. With intrinsic integration of many different community resources our department is consistently efficient and proud to offer such progressive services.

Please visit Texas Juvenile Justice Department for more information www.tjjd.texas.gov/ or our county’s website www.co.cameron.tx.us .


 A Message from Chief Ramirez

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It is the mission of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department to provide outstanding supervision and rehabilitation services to youth that come under our jurisdiction. It is also our mission to provide outreach services that will deter youth from entering the Juvenile Justice System. It is our goal to develop and implement programs that inspire youth to pursue their education, become good citizens and someday develop into good tax paying community members.  The staff of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department is committed to support this mission and work hand in hand with the community to achieve our goals. Ultimately, it is our goal to develop youth with “Minds that think, hearts that care, and hands that serve”– Chief Tommy Ramirez

Guiding Principles

Based on our recent success with incorporating more treatment-based programs, our guiding principles stem from trust. We trust in the idea of treatment and rehabilitation and we trust our employees to provide the utmost professionalism and integrity when working with our juveniles.


As a Department within Cameron County, our values branch from our County’s beliefs. “A Team Working to Serve You” is just the beginning of our department’s essence. Always having the word Service in mind, we also hold truth to value. We value family, we value our employees and mostly, we value our juveniles. Together as a team working to serve juveniles, we strive to educate, rehabilitate, and provide the best services we can to our community.