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Board Bulletin: Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week: July 21-27

BellCommunity corrections is an essential element of any criminal justice system. Probation and parole officers keep our streets safe by providing supervision, guidance and the tools needed to help individuals improve their lives. Their work is hard and it can be dangerous, but it is vital to the safety of our communities.


Legislative update for TDCJ employees from the executive director

capitolAmong the many important issues acted upon by the 83rd Texas Legislature, the most significant for the Department involved appropriations for agency operations and employee pay raises, enactment of the TDCJ Sunset legislation and changes to the pension program serving state employees.


Legislature maintains existing retirement benefits for current employees

BellIn order to enhance the long term viability of the pension program serving state employees, the 83rd Texas Legislature has adopted several measures intended to decrease the unfunded liability of the Employees Retirement System's (ERS) retirement trust funds. Click on this link to review a summary of the retirement changes included in Senate Bill 1459.



CID Director Thaler retires, Stephens selected as new director

keyboard lockIn May, 33-year veteran of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Rick Thaler retired from his position as director of the agency's Correctional Institutions Division.



ERS Annual Enrollment dates for Plan Year 2014 scheduled for
July 15-28

mailroomThis year's Annual Enrollment for TDCJ employees begins July 15 and ends July 28. During this period, agency staff may change their work benefits for Plan Year 2014 by signing into their online account on the Employees Retirement System (ERS) website, contacting their benefits coordinator or calling ERS directly.  


Firearm storage policy

officers wflagThe agency's firearms storage policy as outlined in Administrative Directive (AD) 02.95 is being revised, but the new procedures are effective immediately.


Fallen officers honored at 14th Annual Memorial Service

officers wflagOn May 10 the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) held the 14th Annual Fallen Officers' Memorial Service at the HEARTS Veterans' Museum in Huntsville to honor those individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty. This service and similar events held throughout the state served as reminders to reflect and honor the sacrifice of our fallen colleagues.


May/June 2013
Volume 20 Issue 5

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