|(Houston, TX) -- The Greater Sharpstown Management District (the District), in conjunction with the Juvenile Accountability Court Program (JACP), announced a community service project focusing on the clean-up of debris strewn along the District’s right-of-way and vacant lots. Contracted Houston Police Department officers will supervise juvenile offenders for the clean-up scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 9 am until 2 pm. |
Bill Calderon, Executive Director for the District, explained that the JACP is a grant-funded program under the auspices of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and has operated within the City of Houston’s Municipal Teen Court since 1999. “The management district is pleased to provide the venue for teens in the court system to be able to complete court-ordered sanctions which, in this case, is also of benefit to the people who live and work in this community,” said Calderon.
JACP was created to increase accountability and responsibility among juvenile offenders at the earliest stages of their involvement within the juvenile justice system. Through workshops, weekend community service, or case management, youth age 10 through 17 who are adjudicated in the Houston Municipal Teen Court System with Class C misdemeanor offenses, are referred to a JACP counselor for a needs assessment. “The purpose is to intervene with the teens on these minor criminal offenses in the hopes of preventing more serious ones,” said Jesse Gutierrez, Site Director for the West Houston Weed and Seed Program. JACP provides both direct services and workshops. Classes include parenting, gang intervention, drug and alcohol intervention, life skills, truancy prevention, healthy choices, as well as anger management.
The specific locations selected by the District for cleanup include the following:
From Harwin and Fondren down to 8000 block of Harwin
9800 Harwin (side roads) down to Harwin and S. Gessner
Hillcroft and Gulfton down to Hillcroft and Bellaire (side roads)
Ranchester and Townpark in front of Villa Bella Apartments (side roads)
Richard Rodriguez, Director of Community Service for the District said, “The District will meet these juvenile offenders at the Phillips 66 gas station at the corner of Fondren and Harwin at 9 am before they disperse. Simply eliminating the debris will do much to reduce the visual blight experienced by drivers as they sit at these traffic intersections. The District is in the process of scheduling a second clean-up with the help of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office Weed and Seed Program before the year is over.”
To protect the identities of the juvenile offenders, the media is asked to refrain from showing the faces of Saturday’s clean-up participants.