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SCFO provides legal representation to indigent offenders

winhdam school district graphicState Counsel for Offenders has been representing indigent offenders since the mid-1960s. In its early years it was known as Inmate Legal Services or Staff Counsel for Inmates. The office originated in response to litigation on the issue of access to courts, which resulted in legislative action authorizing the provision of legal representation for offenders.


TDCJ coordinates Safe Prisons policy with new PREA standards

flag & tdcj seal graphicTexas Department of Criminal Justice policies and procedures were, with few exceptions, already substantially compliant with recent Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. The new standards supplement and strengthen TDCJ's continued effort to prevent, detect and effectively respond to in-prison sex abuse.


Winter weather precautions

TDCJ General Counsel Sharon Howell photoAlthough Texas and many other southern states fare better than those farther north, when temperatures drop, staying warm and avoiding accidents can be a challenge. Many Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees must spend time outside, exposed to inclement weather, for work and travel. The following important steps can help you stay safe when winter strikes.



Share your workplace knowledge through the Survey of
Employee Engagement

April Zamora Director of RID photoThe Survey of Employee Engagement allows agency staff to anonymously share their valuable insight and opinions with many of Texas' elected officials as well as senior agency staff.


W-2 forms to be distributed in January, filing deadline April 15

ERS booklets graphicWith tax time approaching, this is the time of year when taxpayers receive forms to help prepare their income tax returns for 2013. One of the most important documents you will receive is your Form W-2, which is given to you by your employer.


Healthy lifestyle, stress reduction counseling
help keep holiday blues away

Polunsky award ceremony photoFor most people, the holidays are a time of celebration, but the added demands of the season can also lead to increased emotional and physical stress. Here are some important things you can do throughout the year which will help you deal with the added stress of the holiday season and improve your health over the long term.


Parole officer training at TDCJ

Polunsky award ceremony photoTDCJ relies on innovative and effective training techniques to prepare parole officers for the challenges they'll meet in the real world, and role-playing scenarios conducted under the controlled conditions of the Training Academy have enhanced the performance of the agency's most recent parole academy graduates.


TDCJ staff supports SECC, holiday fundraisers

Polunsky award ceremony photoTexas Department of Criminal Justice employees are proud of their long history of providing generous support for charitable causes. This year's successful State Employee Charitable Campaign along with holiday fundraisers and gift drives organized by TDCJ staff prove that this tradition of giving lives on.


November/December 2013
Volume 21 Issue 2

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