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The Texas Board of Criminal Justice is a nine-member body appointed by the governor to oversee the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). It governs agency operations by employing the executive director, setting rules and policies that guide the agency, and taking action on matters requiring board approval at its regularly scheduled meetings.
The General Appropriations Bill (SB 1 by Williams) was passed out of the Finance Committee on March 13 and approved by the full Senate on March 20. Senate Bill 1 was referred to the House Appropriations Committee, where the committee members had already spent weeks preparing their version of the state’s budget for the next two years. The House’s budget proposal was approved by the committee and subsequently approved by the House floor on April 4.
On April 22, crime victims, their advocates, representatives of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division and other victim services organizations throughout the state will gather together to mark the beginning of the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a memorial tree planting at the state capitol to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Suzanne McDaniel, a pioneer in crime victims’ rights.
In our high tech, computerized world, it seems like a password is required for everything we do. Keeping all these passwords secure can be difficult, but a weak password – even if it’s easy to remember – makes it easy for hackers to the gain unauthorized access to our data systems.
Although visitation may remain the most desirable form of contact for offenders as well as their families and friends, and the implementation of the Offender Telephone System (OTS) and e-messaging has provided more options for staying in touch with loved ones, written correspondence via the U.S. mail continues to be a vital means of communication in TDCJ and correctional systems across the country.
Since 1984, the first full week of May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers’ Week. During this time, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) will conduct employee appreciation and memorial events to honor and thank corrections professionals for their public service.
Volume 20 Issue 4