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The Texas Board of Criminal Justice and
the Victim Services Committee

Derrelyn Perryman, TBCJ MemberThe mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division is to provide a central mechanism for crime victims to participate in the criminal justice system. The Victim Services Division is dedicated to providing direct, personal service to crime victims, surviving family members, witnesses who testified at trial and concerned citizens.

CO staffing numbers show significant improvement

new TDCJ correctional officers being sworn in at ceremony held at the Texas Prison MuseumAt the February meeting of the Texas Board or Criminal Justice in Austin, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston described the agency's correctional officer staffing challenge as "one of the most persistent operational challenges that we've dealt with during the course of the last several years."

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 10 to 16

National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2016 poster: Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring HopeDuring the 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week crime victims and their advocates across the nation will be recognized for their work in support of crime victims’ rights.

SHSU scholarship opportunity for TDCJ employees

Graphic art showing figure wearing graduation cap next to stack of books, holding a diplomaSam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, will award two scholarships to TDCJ employees nominated by the agency and accepted into the SHSU Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Weekend program.

TDCJ reaffirms commitment to USERRA job protection for veterans

photo of TDCJ Human Resources Division Director Patty Garcia and Ombudsman for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve George Nami holding the signed proclamation reflecting TDCJ's continued commitment to employment rights for military veterans.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice continued its long history of supporting U.S. service veterans by joining a proclamation in support of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, commonly known as USERRA.

New cybersecurity training video to be released agency wide

Clipart of laptops strung together in dim lightCybercriminals, hackers and other bad actors try to use the Internet and email to access confidential TDCJ data, so it's important for agency staff to be well trained in cybersecurity.

New consumer-directed health plan option starts September 1

image of stack of dollar bills with an 'RX' prescription logo in place of president imageThe 84th Legislature directed ERS to create a consumer-directed health plan option, which includes a high-deductible health plan coupled with a health savings account for state employees.

State employees may qualify for student loan forgiveness

image of girl in graduation cap and gown with large image of money bills behind herBeginning in 2017, state employees who are making payments on large federal direct student loans may benefit from the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

TDCJ employee's organ donation gives retiree hope for healthy life

Photo of TDCJ retiree and kidney transplant recipient Joe Schmidt visiting with TDCJ employee and kidney donor Craig Christiansen.When former TDCJ employee Joe Schmidt (left) went into renal faliure and needed a kidney transplant, Ramsey Unit Sergeant Craig Christiansen (right) heard about the situation, was tested for compatibility and became Joe's donor.

CID, American Correctional Association recognize Correctional Officer Mosley for valor in face of danger

Photo of Correctional Officer Ariel MosleyIn December, Officer Mosley was recognized during a Sergeant's Academy Graduation ceremony in Huntsville where Director of TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division Bill Stephens presented her as the first recipient of CID's new Award for Valor.


January/February 2016
Volume 23 Issue 3

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