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January/February 2014

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Chairman's Fitness Challenge 2014:
first-quarter results

Begin the Journey to Sochi 2014

The first quarter kick-off challenge, which ran from September to November of 2013, was a tremendous success. Participating employees collectively accumulated more than 18 million points, far exceeding the goal of 15 million achieved by the 2013 challenge.

Congratulations to all our participants! Below are the first, second and third place winners within each division.

  FIRST SECOND THIRD
Division 1:
19 or fewer employees
Board of Criminal Justice and Austin Executive Administration Parole Division Central Headquarters Parole Division Specialized Programs
Division 2:
20 to 39 employees
Internal Audit Division

Support Operations - Correctional Institutions Division (CID)

Office of the General Counsel
Division 3:
40 to 99 employees
Parole Division Houston VII Office State Counsel for Offenders Administrative Review and Risk Management
Division 4:
100 to 199 employees
Correctional Training Administration - CID Glossbrenner Unit - CID Havins Unit - CID
Division 5:
200 to 299 employees
Travis County State Jail - CID LeBlanc Unit - CID Cole State Jail - CID
Division 6:
300 plus employees
Manufacturing and Logistics Division Jester IV Unit - CID Huntsville Unit - CID
Division 7: Windham School District (WSD) WSD North Texas Region WSD West Texas Region WSD Administration

 

Gold and Platinum Challenges

During the first quarter, Gold Challenge participants had to earn 1,000 points during each week of the challenge, and Platinum Challenge participants were required to earn at least 2,500 points per week. Participation in the Gold and Platinum challenges continues to grow rapidly and the first quarter has produced 239 successful Gold and 106 successful Platinum challengers. Due to the large increase in staff participation, complete lists of successful Gold and Platinum participants have been posted separately and can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Gold Challenge participants

Platinum Challenge participants

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CJAD co-hosts 2014
Sentencing Conference

CJAD director Carey Welebob
 

CJAD Director Carey Welebob, right, greets an audience of community criminal justice professionals attending the 2014 Sentencing Conference in San Antonio.

 

In January, the Judicial Advisory Council (JAC) and Community Justice Assistance Division (CJAD) co-hosted the 2014 Sentencing Conference in San Antonio. More than 200 participants, including judges, prosecuting attorneys, criminal defense attorneys and Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) staff members met to enhance community supervision sentencing. Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) member Judge Larry Gist opened the conference by saying, "The vision when this all started (was) to get everyone together and talk about what factors were important in setting correct sentences in the right kind of cases."

Conference highlights included a presentation about the principles for successful intervention, the new Texas Risk Assessment System (TRAS) tool for CSCDs, the impact of national health reform and a workshop on how criminal justice professionals can use data to make better-informed decisions within their respective jurisdictions.

When asked what impressed her most about this year's conference, CJAD Director Carey Welebob replied, "It was exciting to discuss the new risk assessment with so many judges and prosecutors. Our probation chiefs have had an ongoing dialog about risk assessments for years, but the Sentencing Conference helped take that discussion to a new level. I had several prosecutors tell me that the conference made them change how they look at their current cases. We hope to increase this knowledge and include even more judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys at future conferences and events."

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Crain Unit Employee of the Year announced

 

Crain Unit employee Debra Hufford
     Crain Unit namesake and former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Christina Melton Crain, right, presents Administrative Assistant II Debra Hufford with the 2013 Crain Unit Employee of the Year Award.

Administrative Assistant II Debra Hufford was named the 2013 Christina Melton Crain Unit Employee of the Year in a ceremony held in January. Selected from recipients of the Employee of the Month award, Hufford's service was recognized by Crain Unit Warden Loretta Carmona, saying, "As Warden's Secretary, Debra has excelled at her job duties, providing critical support and assistance not only for the warden, but also for unit staff and whomever she comes into contact with during her workday. She's always eager to help and truly deserves this award."

Former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman and unit namesake Christina Melton Crain attended the presentation and recognized the service of all Crain Unit staff, saying, "I can't thank you enough for everything you do day-in and day-out. You put your life on the line every day to protect the citizens of Texas and each of you could be named employee of the year and should be honored."

Hufford began her career with TDCJ as a clerk at the Hughes Unit, promoting to Clerk II in 2004 and to Administrative Assistant II at the Crain Unit in November 2010.

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Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Award

Polunsky Unit employee Earl Brown
 

Polunsky Unit namesake and former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Allan B. Polunsky, right, presents Correctional Officer Earl Brown with the 2013 Polunsky Unit Employee of the year Award.

 

In February, Correctional Officer Earl Brown was presented with the 2013 Allan B. Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year Award.

A 27-year employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Brown began his career at the Estelle Unit in 1986, and then worked at the Hightower Unit before transferring to the Polunsky Unit in 1995 where he is currently a Correctional Officer V. Over the years, Brown has proven a dedicated and positive representative of the agency and the unit, demonstrating a work ethic which distinguishes him as an outstanding employee.

Polunsky Unit Senior Warden Gary Hunter recognized Brown's efforts, saying, "His leadership skills and team-building abilities have not gone unnoticed. We would like to recognize his performance and contributions to TDCJ. He has always shown commitment and honesty from day one. He is an asset to this agency. We have confidence he will continue his contributions to TDCJ in the future."

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TDCJ EMPLOYEE PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
Name From To
Jorge Alvarez Major of Correctional Officers,
Dolph Briscoe Unit
Assistant Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/
Cotulla Transfer Facility
Timothy Ault Assistant Warden,
Clarence N. Stevenson Unit
Assistant Warden,
Louis C. Powledge Unit
Matt Barber Assistant Warden,
William G. McConnell Unit
Senior Warden,
Clyde M. Johnston SAFPF
Joel Barbosa Senior Warden,
Rogelio Sanchez State Jail
Senior Warden,
Mark W. Michael Unit
Kevin Foley Assistant Warden,
Dolph Briscoe Unit/
Cotulla Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Rogelio Sanchez State Jail
Felipe Gonzalez Major of Correctional Officers,
Ernestine Glossbrenner SAFPF
Assistant Warden,
Manuel A. Segovia Unit
Sharon Johnson Senior Warden,
Clyde M. Johnston SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Lucile Plane State Jail/
Dempsie Henley State Jail
Thomas McCaughn Major of Correctional Officers,
Formby State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Price Daniel Unit
Fredrick Merida Major of Correctional Officers,
Travis County State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Clarence N. Stevenson Unit
Michael Owens Assistant Warden,
Manuel A. Segovia Unit
Assistant Warden,
Buster Cole State Jail
Kenneth Putnam Major of Correctional Officers,
Alfred D. Hughes Unit
Assistant Warden,
William G. McConnell Unit
Jimmy Webb Major of Correctional Officers,
James V. Allred Unit
Assistant Warden,
French Robertson Unit

 

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Service Awards

 

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Retirees

 

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