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July 15-21 is Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, a time to recognize and acknowledge the more than 3,400 community supervision (probation) officers and 1,200 TDCJ parole officers who serve on the front lines of criminal justice in Texas. Community supervision and parole officers supervise offenders who are serving a probation sentence or transitioning back into society from incarceration. With a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and reducing recidivism, these officers are committed to protecting communities across the state.
Stuart Jenkins, director of the Parole Division, praised the sacrifice and commitment of TDCJ staff, saying, “On a daily basis, parole officers exhibit dedication by working one-on-one with their clients to assist them in becoming productive members of society and to hold them accountable. Whether completing an investigation, making residential placements, releasing offenders, reviewing files, conducting home visits or processing a violation report, they are fulfilling an essential responsibility. They continue to work diligently to promote public safety and prevent future crimes.”
Carey Welebob, director of TDCJ's Community Supervision and Corrections Department, adds, “The men and women in the community supervision and corrections departments perform an honorable and admirable job every day. Because of their dedication, we see changes in offender behavior, which results in fewer victims. This is an opportunity to thank our hardworking staff for their commitment to making our communities a better place.”
Governor Perry typically marks this occasion with a proclamation recognizing the many outstanding contributions of these dedicated men and women and the important role they serve in the criminal justice system, and as in past years, parole and community supervision offices will recognize these criminal justice professionals with events that include breakfasts and luncheons, guest speakers, and recognition by city and county courts. Please join the national observance by supporting these dedicated public servants.
Neal Unit Clerk Vernell Houska (left), and Brenda Chaney, former warden at the Darrington Unit, were recognized for their volunteer efforts during the Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony in Austin. Houska was presented with the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award, while Chaney received the Criminal Justice Administrator Award. For more information about the 17th Annual Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony, see the Board Bulletin and the list of all volunteer award recipients.
Photo by Jene Andersen
|Monty Hudspeth||Senior Warden, Hospital Galveston/Carole S. Young Medical Facility||Senior Warden, Beauford H. Jester I and III/Carol S. Vance Units|
|Terry Tucker||Senior Warden, San Saba Unit||Senior Warden, Hospital Galveston/Carole S. Young Medical Facility|
|Ronald Fox||Assistant Warden, Alfred D. Hughes Unit||Senior Warden, San Saba Unit|
|Raleigh Breedent||Major of Correctional Officers, Walker Sayle SAFPF||Assistant Warden, Alfred D. Hughes Unit|
|Joel Guana||Major of Correctional Officers, J.B. Wheeler State Jail||Assistant Warden, Preston E. Smith Unit|
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