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November December 2006
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Texas Legislature to address Sunset recommenda-
tions and funding request

collage of state capital and texas flag in background According to Executive Director Brad Livingston, the agency’s sunset legislation and Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) will be the two most important correctional issues addressed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session beginning on January 9th, 2007.

Bees back in business of pollinating TDCJ unit gardens

closeup of beesBusy bees make much more than honey. They also make honeydew melons, squash, apples, pears, and a swarm of other fruits and vegetables. They do it through pollination.

TDCJ, in fact, once raised bees to help pollinate its field crops, but stopped keeping hives decades ago.

Employees earn graduate degrees through scholarship program

Ralph bales and Bruce Toney standing in front of TDCJ seal.Give Ralph Bales and Bruce Toney an “A” for achievement.


In August, after two years of study, the two graduated from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville with master’s degrees in criminal justice management. They were the first TDCJ employees to earn their graduate degrees through a scholarship program that allowed them to work full-time during the week and attend classes tuition-free every other weekend.


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