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TDCJ chaplains help agency fulfill its mission

TBCJ member Pastor Larry Miles.TDCJ chaplains play a unique and vital role in the state’s criminal justice system, as the broad range of pastoral care and quality faith programs they provide for offenders, their families and correctional staff combine to help the agency achieve its mission to provide public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior and reducing recidivism.

Executive director's legislative update

TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierWhile Governor Abbot has announced that there will be a special session later this summer to address a number of policy issues, it appears the 85th Legislature has concluded their work on matters related to criminal justice and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. With few exceptions, appropriations to TDCJ for the next two fiscal years will remain at the current FY 2016-17 appropriated levels.

Fallen Officers honored at annual memorial ceremony

Photo of Members of TDCJ’s Correctional Institutions Division Region IV Honor Guard standing by the Missing Officer’s Table during the Fallen Officers Memorial Cermeony held in Huntsville.The 18th Annual Fallen Officers Memorial ceremony was held on May 5 at the Sesquicentennial Plaza at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville. The ceremony, held to honor staff who lost their lives in the line of duty, served as an opening event for the 2017 National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week begins July 16

The 2017 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week takes place from July 16 to 22. This year’s theme; Clients, Communities, Employees: Empowerment through Partnerships, highlights the need for effective collaboration among these three parties to help maintain public safety and improve the chances for successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into society.

2017 pretrial, probation and parole supervision week logo. July 16-22. Empowerment through partnerships. Clients, Employees, Communities.

Zika virus hazards, prevention

Image of mosquito with red cross-out circle over it.Warm summer temperatures and wet weather conditions have combined to create an active mosquito season this year, increasing the chances of being infected with a mosquito-borne illness like the Zika virus. Here’s what you can do to help prevent infection.

Be prepared: Hurricane season continues through November

Satellite image of large Atlantic hurricane off the east coast of the U.S.The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues through the end of November, and forecasts range from slightly above average to slightly below average storm activity for the year, but keep in mind that even one storm, depending on its strength and where it makes landfall, can make for a busy season.

Update: HealthSelect transitions to BlueCross/BlueShield September 1

Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance logo.Effective September 1, BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas will serve as the HealthSelect plan administrator for a term of six-years. HealthSelect insurance plans cover more than 400,000 participants, including employees and retirees of state of Texas agencies and certain higher education institutions, and their dependents.

Reminder: Summer Enrollment ends July 28

beach scene. Reminder! Summer enrollment ends July 28. 2017 Summer Enrollment. ERS, Employees Retirement System of Texas.

ERS Update: Health Plan premiums, Sunset Review

Employees Retirement System of Texas logo.At the May meeting, the Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees approved slight increases in Plan Year 2018 premiums for some Texas Employees Group Benefits Program plans. In June, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission issued its Staff Report with Final Results regarding its ERS Sunset Review, and actions were taken by the Legislature.

TDCJ mourns passing of CO Shana Tedder

TDCJ Correctional Officer Shana Tedder.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers of Correctional Officer Shana Tedder, who passed away at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on June 9.

Texas House Resolution recognizes 2017 Correctional Officer, Employees Week

State of Texas House of Representatives letterhead. In May, the 85th Texas Legislature House of Representatives voted to recognize and honor National Correctional Officers and Employees Week by adopting House Resolution No. 1779 authored by Representative James White.

RPD Director Madeline Ortiz retires

TDCJ's retiring director of rehabilitation programs division Madeline Ortiz.Madeline Ortiz has retired from her position as director of TDCJ's Rehabilitation Programs Division effective June 30. Ortiz had served as RPD director since 2004.


May/June 2017

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