Leadership Team

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) provides supervision and services to young people between the ages of 10 and 17 who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. HCJPD is the largest juvenile probation department in Texas with approximately 1,100 employees and over 6,600 young people referred to the department annually.

HCJPD programs and services operate under the direction of the Harris County Juvenile Board.

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Leadership Team

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Matthew Shelton, PhD
Deputy Director, Residential Services
Dr. Matthew Shelton has been with Harris County for more than fifteen years. Prior to working directly for Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Dr. Shelton worked with the department as a post-doctoral fellow in the MHMRA Juvenile Forensic Unit conducting forensic psychological assessments for the courts.

Dr. Shelton began his Harris County Juvenile Probation Department career working in the then newly formed Mental Health Services Division which grew to include medical services and later became known as the Health Services Division where he supervised the Psychological Services Unit, the community-based Special Needs & Mental Health Diversionary Program, the Psychological Stabilization Unit, and the Medical Unit.

Dr. Shelton then became Deputy Director of Administrative Services, which included Human Resources, Payroll, Research, and Information Technology. He continues to serve on our Research Committee and is involved in bringing new technology into the department.

In 2019, Dr. Shelton became Deputy Director of Residential Services where he brought his history of working in mental health and organizational operations to help redefine the role our secure facilities by making them more therapeutic.

Currently, Dr. Shelton oversees the operations of Harris County Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Houston and our two, post-adjudicated facilities, Harris County Youth Village in Seabrook and Harris County Leadership Academy in Katy.