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Board members offer condolences and express gratitude

Carmen Villanueva-Hiles, TBCJ memberThe Texas Board of Criminal Justice extends deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of those who died in this tragic accident, as well as hopes and prayers for a speedy recovery to those recovering from their injuries.

Penwell bus accident claims lives of two correctional officers,
eight offenders

photo of centenial plaza flags at half staff  On the morning of January 14, a TDCJ transport bus carrying three correctional officers and 12 offenders was involved in an accident while traveling from the Middleton Unit in Abilene to the Sanchez Unit in El Paso. While traveling west on Interstate 20 near Penwell, the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a freight train. Two correctional officers and eight offenders died of their injuries.

Legislative update for TDCJ employees from the executive director

84th Texas Legislature graphic illustrationThe versions of the General Appropriations Bill recently filed in the House and Senate were identical in regards to the funds appropriated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The Texas Risk Assessment System:
a new direction in supervision planning

Texas Risk Assessment System logoIn January of this year, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice completed the agency-wide implementation of a new risk assessment tool designed to help community supervision, prison, reentry and aftercare professionals create custom case management programs for individual offenders.

State Employee Charitable Campaign results

SECC Texas logoThe 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign, marking 21 years of charitable fundraising in Texas, raised a total of $942,021 in TDCJ employee donations, surpassing last year’s total by nearly fifty thousand dollars.

ERS Board of Trustees election voting begins March 6

employee retirement system logoBefore August 31 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas is required to elect a trustee. This year’s election is to fill the position held by Yolanda Griego, whose term is expiring.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week begins April 19

2015 national crime victims' rights week poster illustrationThe 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week takes place April 19 through 25, and this year’s theme is "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims." During this time, crime victims, victim advocates, criminal justice professionals and community leaders honor crime victims and their advocates by promoting victims' rights and providing support to help crime victims rebuild their lives.

SHSU/CMIT scholarship opportunities for TDCJ employees

scholarship, next exit road sign photoSam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, will award scholarships to two TDCJ employees nominated by the agency and accepted into the SHSU Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Weekend Program.

McCown honored with Judge Joe Kegans Award
for service to crime victims

TDCJ victim services division director Angie McCownIn January, Victim Services Division Director Angie McCown was recognized with the American Parole and Probation Association's 2015 Judge Joe Kegans Award for victim services in probation and parole. The award is named after the late Judge Joe Kegans, a founding member of the APPA's Victims Issue Committee who devoted her career to improving the lives of others.


January/February 2015
Volume 22 Issue 3

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