Harland Jones

Harland Jones

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer


Bowie County, Texas

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduating from college.
Gaining employment as an adult probation officer.
Marriage and children.
Divorce and raising children.
Retirement...and realizing six months later I was bored.
Acceptance to law school.
Cancer.
Graduating from law school and passing the bar exam.

Education

High School
Texas Senior High School
Bachelor
Criminal Justice
Stephen F Austin State University
Graduate
Juris Doctor
William H. Bowen School of Law (Univ. of Ark. Little Rock)

Career

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer

Responsible for the day to day operations of a juvenile probation department.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Government
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

As Chief, I am responsible for setting policy and procedures for the department. I review case files prior to submitting them to the prosecutor's office. I make court appearances for detention, adjudication and disposition hearings. I am the primary contact person for schools, other agencies and the community in general. I routinely meet with judges, lawyers and parents of juveniles. Along with staff, we engage in strategic planning for the department.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The ability to build relationships with other stakeholders in the community. As far as experience, I learned long ago that the best trainer I would ever have was sitting on the other side of the desk from me. People tend to tell you a lot if you are willing to take the time to listen without being judgmental.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Criminal Justice
graduate
Graduate
Juris Doctor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why would you want to be working with a bunch of criminals? You're a licensed attorney; why not practice law where you could make a lot of money? "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Physical Issues
Self Doubt