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TDCJ supports vets

Oliver Bell, TBCJ chairmanThere are nearly 11,000 offenders with past military service incarcerated in TDCJ. Promoting and establishing programs to address the needs of those who served our military and are now under TDCJ's supervision, while ensuring they receive proper treatment and referrals, is essential to improving the lives of our offender veterans.


Retirement system update

APPA logoThere was continued discussion regarding unfunded liabilities and their potential impact on the state pension funds during the May 20 meeting of the Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, who was one of several state agency heads asked to participate in panel discussions regarding the pension system, said the ERS is looking ahead to when the 84th Texas Legislature will convene in January 2015 and trying to build support for action that will further strengthen the long-term fiscal health of the pension funds.


Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week July 13 to 19

APPA logoDuring National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, July 13 to 19, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will recognize the dedicated men and women who supervise offenders in the community for their commitment to offender rehabilitation and public safety.


Fallen officers remembered

memorial service honor guard photoThe 15th Annual Fallen Officers' Memorial Ceremony was held at the Texas Prison Museum on May 8 to honor the memory of officers and employees lost in the line of duty. This service, and similar ones held at units throughout the state, serves as a special time set aside to honor each fallen employee and reflect upon the impact each has had on their co-workers and family members.


ACA auditors to review zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse

prison rape elimination act logoThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice has requested the American Correctional Association begin auditing TDCJ facilities for compliance with Prison Rape Elimination Act standards.


TDCJ's Byrd Cemetery awarded Texas historical marker

byrd cemetary historical markerThe Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery received a Historic Texas Cemetery marker during a dedication ceremony held on May 5 in Huntsville. The twenty-two-acre burial ground is located one mile from the Huntsville Walls Unit and is the final resting place for more than three thousand offenders who died while incarcerated.


ERS Annual Enrollment for Plan Year 2015 scheduled for July 7 to 20

ers logo with enrollment datesThis year's Annual Enrollment for Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees begins July 7 and ends July 20, 2014. During these two weeks agency staff may change their benefits for Plan Year 2015.


ACE opinion: can TDCJ employees sell
offender crafts for personal gain?

advisory counsil on ethics logoIn April, the Advisory Council on Ethics issued the following opinion regarding the sale of offender-made craft items by Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees.


TDCJ employee retires from Air Force Reserve after 30 years service

airforce retirement ceremonyIn April, a retirement ceremony was held for Emil Garza at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio. Garza served more than 30 years in active duty and reserve positions, ultimately attaining the rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant.


May/June 2014
Volume 21 Issue 5

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