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New scanning and monitoring equipment installed to combat contraband

Correctional officer using scanner to detect any contrabandIn prison jargon, a correctional officer has always been called a "boss." Now, there's another boss working on the unit.

The Body Orifice Security Scanner, or BOSS chair, uses non-invasive technology to detect metal objects concealed within human body cavities...


Longtime Human Resources administrator named division director

portrait of Jan ThorntonLongtime Human Resources Division administrator Jan Thornton has been named director of the division. She replaces Carol Blair Johnston, who retired.

Thornton is a 25-year TDCJ veteran who has worked in Human Resources the past 23 years...


Chairman's Fitness Challenge - Second Quarter "Maintain No Gain"

scaleCongratulations to the Marshall District Parole Office for having the best overall average between employee participation and completion.

The following departments, units and parole offices deserve honorable mention for achieving a 100 percent completion rate for their employees who participated in the six-week challenge....



Star-Spangled Banner now waves next to Lone Star at TCI

A TDCJ employee and inmate inspect US flagO'er the ramparts of the Clements Unit in Amarillo, there waves a battle-tested Star-Spangled Banner. Months after first being hoisted over the maximum-security facility, the American flag of broad stripes and bright stars has withstood all that Mother Nature has thrown at her - wind, rain and snow - and continues to wave unscathed from dawn's early light to twilight's last gleaming....



The SVORI Program: Aiding reentry of administrative segregation offenders

portrait of Tom MechlerPreparing offenders for reentry is fundamental to their success upon release. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates a number of effective rehabilitation programs, each geared to help offenders prepare themselves for reentry into their communities. One such program, offered through the Rehabilitation Programs Division, is the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. Better known as SVORI, the initiative is designed to address the needs of offenders to be released directly from administrative segregation...










March/April 2010
Volume 17 Issue 4






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