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Sunset review at TDCJ

sunset review graphicThe mission and performance of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP), Windham School District (WSD) and the Correctional Managed Healthcare Committee (CMHC) are currently under Sunset review by the Legislature.



CJAD reports on success of community supervision diversion funds

CJAD graphicThe 79th, 80th, and 81st Texas Legislatures appropriated significant new funding for community supervision in Texas, targeting high-risk offenders and reducing revocations, while increasing proactive treatment interventions and sentencing options for all Texas criminal courts.


New TDCJ website opens path to volunteer service

Tom Mechler, TBCJ Vice ChairmanWith the redesign of the agency's website, the Volunteer Services Program has been elevated within the TDCJ online community. Through a quick link on the TDCJ homepage, current and prospective volunteers can now access a variety of information to help them in their efforts to assist offenders. With a click of the mouse, they can learn about volunteer opportunities, submit an application to be a volunteer, retrain as a volunteer, obtain specialized mentoring training, or submit a proposal to implement a program or provide a presentation to offenders.


New state law increases premiums for tobacco users, offers cessation drugs

tobacco graph graphicTo motivate and encourage members of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) to lead longer, healthier lives, and to help control healthcare costs, the Legislature recently moved to increase health insurance premiums for staff and covered dependents that use tobacco.



Employee assistance available for dealing with holiday stress

clipart image of woman on phoneThe holidays can be fun, but they can also be a source of stress. Financial pressures, holiday travel and family conflict can sometimes turn a happy time of year into a time of anger or depression.




First quarter Chairman's Olympic Challenge: Training for Gold

Chairman's Olympic Challenge graphicThe first Chairman's Olympic Challenge of this fiscal year, Training for Gold, is currently underway and runs for five weeks, from November 7 until December 12, 2011.



November/December 2011
Volume 19 Issue 2

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