By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO – The Palo Pinto County Juvenile Board met in a regular meeting Thursday morning in the Palo Pinto County Courthouse. After approving the minutes, the board considered and approved three other issues that were on the table.
First, the board renewed two contracts for long and short-term detention with juvenile detention facilities in Taylor County and Denton County.
Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas said these facilities serve as backup detention centers in the event that the county’s primary facility in Granbury is full or unavailable.
He said juveniles stay in these facilities before, and sometimes after, adjudication.
“In other words, if a juvenile gets in trouble and the probation department finds that they need to be segregated for a period of time before their detention hearing, then we have to either take them to Granbury ... (or) these other areas and facilities,” he explained.
The third and final item on the agenda was a small update to the Juvenile Detention Manual. Board members simply changed the job description in the manual for one particular county employee who has shifted from a secretary to a juvenile case manager.
Nicklas said this was the culmination of a decision made in Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court a couple of months ago.