The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission was established in 1981. A nine-member policymaking board is appointed by the governor. Two members are district court judges, one is a county judge or commissioner, and the other six are representatives of the public. The agency's main purpose is to administer juvenile probation services throughout Texas. The commission seeks to achieve this through improving the effectiveness of probation services, establishing uniform standards regarding probation administration as well as furnishing alternatives to commitment, setting minimum standards for detention facilities, and serving as a link with local entities in the juvenile justice system. The agency's goals are to provide public protection from crime, reduce the crime rate and strain on the adult criminal justice system, and ensure due process for juvenile offenders. Juvenile boards at the local level, in charge of children aged ten to seventeen, communicate their specific financial and administrative needs to the commission. The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission is also in charge of a number of programs designed to help juveniles, such as the use of foster care or emergency shelters instead of detention. The Border Children Justice Projects is in place in several Rio Grande counties and is a joint program sponsored by Texas and Mexico to address juvenile crime problems. In 1991 the agency employed over twenty people. It had an operating budget of over $21 million.