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March/April 2015
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TDCJ employees honored for
volunteer service

In April, TDCJ employees James Jones and George Nelson were among the honorees at the 2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony held in Austin. The 20th annual ceremony recognized 15 individuals and six organizations for their volunteer work mentoring and rehabilitating offenders.


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Huntsville Unit Warden James Jones, left, and IT Division Programmer George Nelson receive their volunteer service awards during the April ceremony in Austin.

George Nelson is a programmer with the Information Technology Division and received the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award for his mentoring of young male offenders so they might become productive members of society when released, as well as offering bible study classes and coordinating marriage seminars to help offenders maintain healthy relationships.

Huntsville Unit Warden James Jones received the Criminal Justice Administrator Award for his support of volunteer programs at the Huntsville Unit and for his efforts to make sure indigent offenders who pass away while incarcerated at TDCJ are provided a dignified funeral at the Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville.

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TDCJ honors victims, advocates during Crime Victims' Rights Week

In April, crime victims, victim advocates and criminal justice professionals across the state commemorated the 31st Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This year's theme of "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims." highlights how communities can support crime victims during their recovery. National Crime Victims' Rights Week began in 1984 when President Reagan signed the Victims of Crime Act into law, which established a source for victims’ compensation funding through criminal fines, penalties and forfeitures.

Representatives from TDCJ's Victim Services Division attended many of the week's events, including the "Every Victim, Every Time" conference held in Bryan, which provided prosecutors, law enforcement, medical and mental health caregivers, as well as other criminal justice professionals an opportunity to learn more about how the justice system works in support of crime victims. Topics included family violence, protective orders, child abuse victimization, crime victim compensation, addiction recovery, the Prison Rape Elimination Act and victim advocacy. TDCJ Victim Services Manager Brooke Ellison conducted a workshop describing how the agency helps prepare victim witnesses for an execution, and division employees participated in events organized by the Nueces County Crime Victim's Rights Coalition, including an Ask the Expert segment on local television which shared information about victims' rights and services, and an awards ceremony held to recognize those in the community who work to help crime victims.


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VSD Director Angie McCown participates in a Crime Victims' Rights and Mass Casualty/Terrorism Events panel discussion, exploring the unique effects of such events on victims and their families.

Victim Services Division Director Angie McCown explained why TDCJ supports this annual event, saying, "There has always been a significant focus on the rights of the defendant in the criminal justice system, often leaving the victim feeling lost and left out of the process. National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an opportunity to listen to the voices of victims and those who serve them so that future generations might realize the importance of services for crime victims, and the importance of treating those victimized by crime with dignity and respect."

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Name From To
Leroy Bailey Jr. Major of Correctional Officers,
Beauford H. Jester IV
Psychiatric Unit
Assistant Warden,
John Montford
Psychiatric Unit
Rodger Bowers Assistant Warden,
James Lynaugh Unit
Assistant Warden,
Reverand C.A. Holliday
Transfer Facility
Martha Burgess Assistant Warden,
Carol S. Young Medical Facility
Assistant Warden,
Beauford H. Jester III Unit
Michael Butcher Senior Warden,
John F. Gurney
Transfer Facility

Senior Warden,
Charles T. Terrell Unit
 
Tovi Butcher Assistant Warden,
Dr. Lane Murray Unit
Assistant Warden,
Carol S. Young
Medical Facility
Jeffrey Catoe Senior Warden,
Buster Cole State Jail/
Choice Moore Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
George Beto Unit
Larry Doyle Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Wayne Scott Unit
Francisco Facio Major of Correctional Officers,
George Beto Unit
Assistant Warden,
Barry B. Telford Unit
Reginald Goings Senior Warden,
John F. Gurney
Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail/
Joe Kegans State Jail
Todd Harris Senior Warden,
George Beto Unit
Senior Warden,
Allan B. Polunsky Unit
Stephen Henson Major of Correctional Officers,
Charles T. Terrell Unit
Assistant Warden,
Clemens Unit
Mary Holligan Assistant Warden,
John Montford Psychiatric Unit
Senior Warden,
Ellen Halbert SAFPF
Donna Kazmierczak Senior Warden,
Ellen Halbert SAFPF
Senior Warden,
Buster Cole State Jail/
Choice Moore Transfer Facility
Michael Mackey Assistant Warden,
Reverand C.A. Holliday
Transfer Facility
Senior Warden,
Glen Ray Goodman
Transfer Facility
Ralph Marez Major of Correctional Officers,
Alfred D. Hughes Unit
Assistant Warden,
James Lynaugh Unit
Kimberly Massey Industrial Specialist VI,
Hilltop Unit
Assistant Warden,
Dr. Lane Murray Unit
Philip Sifuentes Assistant Warden,
Clemens Unit
Senior Warden,
Walker Sayle SAFPF
Troy Simpson Senior Warden,
Pam Lychner State Jail/
Joe Kegans State Jail
Senior Warden,
Beauford H. Jester I and III/
Carol S. Vance Units
Steven Sperry Senior Warden,
Charles T. Terrell Unit
Senior Warden,
Joe F. Gurney
Transfer Facility

 

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Retirees

 

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