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Agency identifies some savings, seeks exemption from other budget reductions

calculator keysLike all state agencies, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was required to submit options for budget reductions totaling 5 percent in the current biennial budget. But according to Executive Director Brad Livingston, TDCJ employees should not assume all the possible cuts in spending identified in the agency’s February 15 response will be implemented...


Agency’s role in protecting public safety discussed by Board chairman

portrait of Oliver J. BellAs we begin the New Year, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to this agency and to the safety of the citizens of Texas. In addition, as I have been quoted in several newspaper reports regarding the escape and recapture of offender Comeaux, I want to take this opportunity to share my thoughts regarding this matter and the agency’s role in protecting public safety...


Zero tolerance for violators of TDCJ’s sexual harassment policy

man with hand on woman's shoulderTDCJ’s zero tolerance policy for all forms of discrimination is intended to prevent the creation of a hostile work environment, which is defined as a work environment where offensive speech or conduct based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or genetic information is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to alter the complainant’s employment conditions and create an abusive working environment...



Garza West mailroom clerk follows guiding light, saves accident victim

Gloria Camacho standing in a fieldIt was little more than a flicker. Still, the pale point of light in the predawn darkness caught Gloria Camacho’s eye as she drove to her job at the Garza West Transfer Facility outside Beeville. It was just after six in the morning on September 17, 2009 and anyone unfamiliar with the long and lonely stretch of blacktop that rises, falls and twists its way through the ranchland of Goliad County would never have noticed the ghostly glow from beyond the scrub trees and barbed wire fence bordering the road. But Camacho had been driving to work along FM 2442 long enough to know that the light near the sharp curve at the top of the hill didn’t fit...



Unit kitchens’ waste cooking oil recycled as biodiesel fuel

Garry Kent standing in front of old gas pump with jars of cooking oil sitting on top.The same tractors used to raise food cooked in TDCJ kitchens now run on biodiesel recycled from unit kitchens' waste oil.

A program to turn plant-based oils into biodiesel got underway at the Eastham Unit near Lovelady last February under the direction of the Agribusiness, Land and Minerals Department.










January/February 2010
Volume 17 Issue 3






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