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A budget update for TDCJ employees

TDCJ sealPursuant to the request of the governor and Legislative Budget Board earlier this year, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice submitted options for interim budget reductions totaling 5 percent in the current 2010-11 biennial budget. At the same time, TDCJ requested an exemption from those spending cuts that would have negatively impacted public safety and required eliminating positions and reducing funding for treatment and diversion programs...


New agility requirements raise bar for TDCJ uniformed security recruits

Trainer using stop watch to time recruitsTDCJ correctional officer, laundry and food service applicants must now prove their physical fitness for duty.

As part of enhanced hiring standards that took effect March 1, all applicants for uniformed security positions must pass a physical agility test (PAT) before entering one of the agency's six regional training academies. Once accepted, cadets must pass the multi-task test a second time during their 5 ½ weeks of training in order to graduate...


Offenders’ families, friends get answers during PACT conference

Conference attendees talking with counselor at PACT conferenceRodolso Castillo of Dallas traveled to Huntsville early on the morning of April 17 with questions about the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the state parole process. So did Abagale Ariza of Arlington and Wesley Conerly of Montgomery. Later that day, they returned home from the Public Awareness – Corrections Today (PACT) conference at Sam Houston State University with their questions answered...


BAMBI gives some offender mothers, newborns time to bond

Female offender holding babyJust before the camera shutter clicked, two-week-old Arabella did something precious. Snuggled in her mother's arms, she gently woke from her slumber and smiled.

"She smiled for you," beamed her mother, state jail offender Jacy Alvarado of San Antonio, to the photographer. "That’s a good girl. That’s my baby girl...


TDCJ, WSD employees recognized for volunteer service

Awardees posing in front of TDCJ sealEmployees of the TDCJ Parole Division and Windham School District were among 20 individuals and organizations recognized during the Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards ceremony in April. Parole Division Region II Director Jacqueline Anderson Dickerson of Dallas was presented with the Criminal Justice Administrator Award, while Ricky D. Henderson, an information technology supervisor with WSD in Huntsville, received the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award...









May/June 2010
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