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March April 2008

Board approves salary adjustments and recruitment bonus for correctional officers

In support of TDCJ’s ongoing efforts to reduce the number of correctional officer vacancies, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice in March voted to raise the starting pay for newly hired officers by 10 percent on May 1 and to offer a $1,500 recruitment bonus for those who will begin work on designated understaffed facilities.

Legislature’s investment in community corrections showing good returns

When Texas legislators resolved to make a sizeable investment in community corrections, they were looking for good returns. And that’s what they got. So a year ago, during the 80th Legislative Session, lawmakers decided to invest even more public funds in probation programs.

Byrd Unit correctional officer beats odds in twice beating cancer

An extreme headache once led to extreme hardship for CO IV Patsy Hill. So even though more than 16 years have passed since the lights went out, she still wonders every time her head hurts. Is it just a headache, or has the cancer come back?

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