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TDCJ brings home silver medal in Texas Round-Up for third consecutive year

photo collage of the Texas Round-Up
The State Capitol Building served as the backdrop for both this year’s Texas Round-Up and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics events. Clockwise from top left, TDCJ employees and family members gather at the nearby Price Daniel Building prior to the start of a Texas Roundup running event; a Special Olympics athlete addresses the crowd; TDCJ commissary inventory specialist Darlene Mullen and her daughter help a friend stretch before the Roundup run; correctional officers and Special Olympics athletes meet on the state capitol steps for the Torch Run ceremony; and Fort Stockton CO IV Heather Orona carries the Special Olympics torch beside Gov. Rick Perry.

Photos by Jene Robbins

TDCJ again brought home the silver medal from the Texas Round-Up competition this year. The agency won the medal for the third consecutive year in the large state agency category as more than 10,000 of its employees completed the six-week physical fitness program that ran from early February through mid-March.

Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver J. Bell applauded the efforts of employees in the Correctional Institutions Division’s (CID) Region V and Region VI offices as well as those in the Mount Pleasant, Orange and Nederland parole offices for achieving a 100 percent completion rate. He also congratulated the Daniel Unit in Snyder for its 99 percent completion rate, the Sayle Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility in Breckenridge for its 96 percent completion rate, and the CID administrative offices and the State Counsel for Offenders section for their completion rates of 91 percent.

“I would like to thank each of you for your dedication, participation and hard work in making this year’s challenge a success for the agency,” Bell said.

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TBCJ members don uniforms issued to correctional officers

group photo of staff members in uniform
Members of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and several senior staff members donned polo shirts like those worn by correctional officers during committee meetings in Austin.

Photo by Jene Robbins

What looked like correctional officers presiding over committee meetings of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice in Austin in June were not. They were board members.

Shedding their customary business attire, members of the board joined Executive Director Brad Livingston and several senior staff members in donning the polo-style shirts that were recently distributed to correctional officers throughout the state and wore them throughout the day.

Board Chairman Oliver J. Bell of Austin said board members wore the casual navy blue shirts to show their appreciation for the agency’s correctional staff.

“Our reason for wearing them was to show our support and respect for the correctional staff on the front end of our prison operations and to acknowledge the fact that they play a very significant role in our agency’s mission,” Bell said during the regular board session the following day.

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