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Gill Children's Services Inc
Texas Board of Legal Specialization's Juvenile Law Advisory Commission
All Church Home for Children
Alliance for Children
Child Advocates of Tarrant County
Texas Tech University
South Texas College of Law
EJF Newsletter —Social versus Criminal Justice - Part 2 by Doug Traubel and Charles E. Corry, Ph.D.
Incredibly, on December 10, 2013, Texas 323rd District Judge Jean Hudson Boyd sentenced Ethan Couch to just 10-years probation and therapy at a long-term, in-patient facility after his attorneys successfully argued that the teen suffered from so-called "affluenza" and needed rehabilitation, not prison.
Prosecutors repeated their request at the hearing that jail time be added to Ethan Crouch's sentence of 10-years probation but Judge Boyd denied that request. Critics have also complained that Texas District Judge Jean Boyd gave a much harsher sentence to another 16-year-old intoxicated driver 10 years earlier. In February 2004, Judge Boyd sentenced Eric Bradlee Miller to 20 years, telling him, "the court is aware you had a sad childhood...I hope you will take advantage of the services [offered by the Texas Youth Commission] and turn your life around. State District Judge Jean Boyd's decision to let Ethan Couch walk had the victims' families and citizens outraged. Citizens called on Gov. Perry to remove her from the bench. Under Texas law, the governor can remove a sitting judge with 2/3 support from Texas House and Senate members. However, Boyd has already announced she will retire when her term ends on December 31, 2014. In the meantime she is chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas and has previously served as Chair of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, which perhaps explains many of the problems with juvenile justice.
Bob Shults, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
Jean Boyd of Fort Worth serves as the 323rd family district court judge.
She is chair of the State Bar of Texas Juvenile Justice Committee judicial section and is a member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization's Juvenile Law Advisory Commission. She is a past board member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and a past president of the Tarrant County Women Lawyers Association. She is also a board member of Gill Children's Services, Inc., and Tarrant County Youth Collaboration, and is a past board member of Child Advocates of Tarrant County and Alliance for Children. Boyd received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. She is reappointed to a term to expire Aug. 31, 2013.
Fort Worth Business Press
Jean BoydJudge, 323rd District Court of Tarrant CountyJean Boyd sees problems every day. As a judge in the 323rd District Court of Tarrant County, known as the family court, she deals with hundreds of troubling, if not disturbing, cases every month. "We deal with juvenile delinquent cases, where kids from the age of 10 to 16 are accused of breaking the law, and child protective services cases.It's very busy and we've had a huge increase in the case load.The docket keeps us very busy," says Boyd. It would be easy to just deal with the constant flood of cases and hope the problems would solve themselves eventually.Boyd, however, decided to be pro-active, seeking to push for more long-term solutions. One of the long-term solutions Boyd succeeded in implementing is Tarrant County's participation in National Adoption Day in 2000.Judge Boyd was selected as Judge of the Year by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) in 1999 and received the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in 2003.She received the Professionalism Award from the Tarrant County Bar Association in May 2001.She also chairs the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.Earlier this year, Gov.Boyd and her husband, John, a dentist, have a son, Scott.
Abilene Reporter News: Business
Judge Jean Boyd has been appointed to the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission by Gov.Boyd is the judge of the juvenile court of Tarrant County.She has presided over the 323rd Family District Court since 1995 and previously served as the associate judge of the court. Boyd was selected as Judge of the Year by Texas CASA in 1999 and received the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in 2003.She is board certified in juvenile law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and received the Professionalism Award from the Tarrant County Bar Association in May 2001. A noted speaker and author on juvenile justice issues, she has chaired the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and actively serves on the Gill Children's Services Board. Judge Boyd is the wife of former Abilenian Dr. John Boyd, a 1970 graduate of Cooper High School and the daughter in-law of Florence Boyd of Abilene.
Jean Boyd, District Judge
323rd District Court