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Each spring, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice has the honor of hosting the Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony. Created in 1995, these service awards honor individuals that unselfishly give of themselves to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders and to provide the offenders with hope and opportunities for a better life.
The intent of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards, to prevent in-prison sexual assault and other forms of sexual abuse, reflects a nationwide consensus shared by Texas policymakers and agency officials.
Offenders released from TDCJ face many barriers as they reestablish themselves in the community. Securing a job and a place to stay can prove insurmountable to a newly released offender. To make that transition easier, the TDCJ Reentry and Integration Division has begun securing state-issued identification cards for offenders before they leave confinement.
The 2014 National Correctional Officers' Week will take place May 4 through 10. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event and TDCJ will hold recognition celebrations and memorial services in honor of the dedicated men and women who have accepted the responsibility and met the challenge of preserving public safety.
Spring and Summer mean the return of hot weather, and heat stress can be a serious threat to workplace safety. Prevention is always the best way to deal with heat-related safety issues, but when hot weather strikes, it's imortant to know proper response procedures in the event of heat-related injury or illness.
In May, the Employee Retirement System of Texas will ask employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other state agencies for their help completing an online survey about health insurance coverage.
April marked the 30th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and TDCJ's Victim Services Division participated in several events honoring those who work to establish and maintain victims' rights.
Agency Chaplain Clint Morris and Connally Unit Warden Joe Grimes were honored for their work at the 2014 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony in Austin. The 19th annual awards ceremony honored 15 individuals and six organizations for their help rehabilitating offenders.
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