Garza County Regional Juvenile Center
About Us



The Garza County Regional Juvenile Center, a 96-bed detention and post-adjudicated facility, provides treatment alternatives for adolescents adjudicated through the juvenile justice system in a safe and physically secure setting.


 Our Services

The center offers individualized treatment for youth in need of intervention resulting from the effects of various behavioral, social and psychological impairments. The Garza County Regional Juvenile Center provides services for mental and behavioral health through our staff and contracted Licensed Mental Health Professionals who are certified to treat youth for anger management, chemical dependency, sex offenses, and other relevant treatment issues. The post adjudicated program average length of stay is 6 to 9 months. The center also employs bi-lingual staff members that meet the needs of non-English speaking youth.

 Certified Treatment Staff

The certified treatment staff at the facility work as a team with a holistic approach, treating every aspect of the youth's life, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and family. The treatment services are delivered through a multi-departmental approach with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The treatment program focuses on four key areas.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy challenges and nurtures the youth to become more accountable for their behavior choices.
  • Acquisition of competencies that assist a youth in identifying victim and community impact with regard to their actions.
  • Successful Community Reintergration
  • Cornerstone I.C.A.D.O.S. principles, which establish a peer culture and environment conducive to personal change.

A certified teacher and a recreational therapist participate on each treatment team. Cultural programming is available to youths with special cultural needs. Cultural diversity concepts are also integrated into the program.


Awarded National Accreditation 2016-2019

January 2016
ACA Accreditation Certificate
Haylee Dill ACA Certification Presentation

Garza County Regional Juvenile Center Awarded National Accreditation

Elias Diggins, Chairperson of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC), and Bridget Bayliss-Curren, Director of Standards and Accreditation, American Correctional Association recently announced the accreditation of the Garza County Regional Juvenile Center. The award was presented in conjunction with the American Correctional Association 2016 Winter Conference on January 25, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In presenting the award, Elias Diggins, Chairperson of the CAC, and Mary Livers, President of the American Correctional Association (ACA), complimented the facility on their professional level of operation and their success in completing the accreditation process. The agency is one of over 1,500 correctional organizations currently involved in accreditation across the nation.

The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the Association in 1870. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, health care, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management. ACA standards address services, programs, health care and security operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.

The three-year accreditation award granted to the Garza County Regional Juvenile Center does not signal the end of their involvement in the accreditation process. During the award period, staff will work to improve any deficiencies identified during the audit and maintain continuous compliance with the standards.


Residential Provider of the Year

August 7, 2014
Garza 2017 PREA C

The Garza County Regional Juvenile Center, a Cornerstone Programs facility, located in Post, Texas, has been awarded the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s “Residential Provider of the Year” for Fiscal year 2013!

In consideration for the award, GCRJC was evaluated against measures for residential programs, to include: Number of Serious Incidents, Number of Confirmed Mistreatments, Responsiveness to Youth Grievances/Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection Comprehensive Review Score and Re-Incarceration Rates for Youth after the completion of the program.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department found that GCRJC exceeded expectations in those measures. The program has been recognized for the responsive and credible handling of youth grievances to deal with issues or questions that impact youth served by the Center. According to TJJD, GCRJC had the highest M&I Comprehensive Review Score at 92.95% and had the lowest Re-incarceration rate at the one year benchmark, at 4.3%!

The GCRJC program has developed and maintained a positive youth culture that has allowed effective youth and staff interaction, and fostered a facility environment that is conducive for youth to participate and get the most out of the therapeutic services offered. By establishing rapport and sound therapeutic principles in their daily interaction with program youth and in the completion of their duties, GCRJC staff have elevated the program to a level that meets and exceeds the program measures set forth by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. For this, the staff at GCRJC are to be commended.

GCRJC PREA Information

Garza County PREA Audit Report 2014

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2014

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2015

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2016

2016 Annual PREA Report

Garza County PREA Audit Report 2017

2017 PREA Year in Review

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2017

2018 PREA Year in Review

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2018

Survey of Sexual Victimization Report 2019

2019 PREA Year in Review

GCRJC 03-041 PREA Policy