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RULE §601.12Review and Inspection of Facilities

(a) The purpose of this section is to establish the process by which staff of the Independent Ombudsman (IO) inspect facilities operated by or under contract with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).

(b) All facilities operated by or under contract with TJJD shall be periodically inspected by the ombudsman or deputy ombudsman.

(c) Each facility shall be evaluated for its delivery of services to youth to ensure that the rights of youth are fully observed. Inspection of a facility shall include, but is not limited to:

  (1) review of education services to ensure compliance with applicable TJJD policy and federal and state laws;

  (2) review of facility security to ensure compliance with TJJD policy;

  (3) review of the general treatment program administered to youth in the facility to ensure compliance with TJJD policy; and

  (4) review of facility safety.

(d) Upon completion of a facility inspection, the IO staff shall provide appropriate leadership within TJJD written documentation detailing the findings of the facility inspection.

(e) IO staff shall file with the ombudsman a complete report documenting the findings and recommendations resulting from a facility inspection and the response from TJJD.

Source Note: The provisions of this §601.12 adopted to be effective April 22, 2012, 37 TexReg 2685

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