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Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Carmen Villanueva-Hiles, TBCJ memberEach spring, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice has the honor of hosting the Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony. Since 1995, these service awards have honored individuals who unselfishly give of themselves to assist in the rehabilitation of offenders and to provide the offenders with hope and opportunities for a better life.

Legislative update for TDCJ employees from the executive director

84th Texas Legislature graphic illustrationThe General Appropriations Bill (HB 1 by Otto) was approved by the House of Representatives in early April, and subsequently approved by the Senate just a few weeks later. However, as is always the case, the House and Senate versions of the appropriations bill include numerous differences that must be resolved by a conference committee consisting of members from both bodies.

National Correctional Officers' Week begins May 3

84th Texas Legislature graphic illustrationThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice will observe National Correctional Officers' Week from May 3 through 9 by honoring the dedicated men and woman who have chosen a professional career in corrections and who work every day to protect the citizens of Texas, rehabilitate offenders and help crime victims. Since 1984, the first week in May has been set aside to recognize officers for their hard work and commitment to creating a safe and effective corrections environment.

Cirrito named Internal Audit Division director

Texas Risk Assessment System logoIn February, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice appointed Chris Cirrito director of the agency's Internal Audit Division. The IAD performs independent analyses and appraisals of the agency, and makes recommendations concerning the adequacy and effectiveness of the agency's system of internal controls. The IAD director reports to the TBCJ.

TDCJ's Roadway to Freedom helps women escape sex trade

SECC Texas logoFor the women housed in F Dorm of TDCJ's Plane State Jail, daily life on the outside was a struggle to survive. Today, they show the physical and emotional scars left by drug addiction, prostitution and theft. Many were runaways from abusive homes where they had to deal with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents.

TDCJ employees honored for volunteer service

employee retirement system logoIn 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.

TDCJ honors victims, advocates during Crime Victims' Rights Week

2015 national crime victims' rights week poster illustrationIn 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.


March/April 2015
Volume 22 Issue 4

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