I worked at Texas Juvenile Justice Department full-time (More than 3 years)
The pros are the students and the "family" that develops with your co-workers. Since you almost have to work there to be able to understand the uniqueness, you really form a bond with the team you work alongside. Our facilities are truly a perfect place to model Grace and Forgiveness to the students. They are almost a forgotten society. They need people who feel called to serve there and who can demonstrate unconditional love.
The stress level can often run high. The turn-over rate tends to be high so there are some issues involved with maintaining veteran, well-trained staff. These positions are not for the faint of heart or those who can be easily manipulated.
Advice to Management
Most of your staff truly have servants' hearts for the students. Please continue the great practice that has been occurring the last few years of awarding additional (surprise) time off at Holidays. Nothing made us feel more cherished than opening an email stating we were being awarded an extra half-day off! Those "mental health breaks" meant so much to us all.
Please continue to fight to keep ALL facilities open! These students deserve it! Your loyal staff deserve it!
I applied online. I interviewed at Texas Juvenile Justice Department (Gainesville, TX).
I was surprised by how fast the interview lasted. The interview no more than fifteen minutes. I was not asked anything about my past work experience. It was surprising that I was only asked three questions in total. The interview was conducted by two older ladies. They were cordial and friendly.
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