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November/December 2016
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Hinojosa named deputy director
of ARRM Division

New TDCJ Administrative Review and Risk Management deputy director Rene Hinojosa.
 
Rene Hinojosa
 

Rene Hinojosa was selected as deputy director of the Administrative Review and Risk Management Division, effective December 1.

Hinojosa has more than 22 years' work experience with TDCJ. He began his career in 1994 as an Institutional Parole Officer and held positions within the Parole Division and the Private Facility Contract Monitoring and Oversight Division (PFCMOD) to include district parole officer, parole unit supervisor, program administrator, contract monitor and region supervisor. Most recently, he served as the deputy director of Operations Monitoring for the PFCMOD.

TDCJ Administrative Review and Risk Management Division Director Kelvin Scott congratulated Hinojosa on his promotion saying, "Mr. Hinojosa's commitment, dedication and diverse experience will serve the Administrative Review and Risk Management Division well as we face new challenges and opportunities."

Hinojosa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

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Langley named deputy director of Private Facilities Operations Monitoring


New TDCJ private facilities operations monitoring deputy director Richard Langley

Richard Langley

In December, 25-year TDCJ veteran Richard Langley was named deputy director of Operations Monitoring for the agency's Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division.

Langley, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, began his career as a correctional officer at the Wynne Unit in 1991 and advanced through every uniformed supervisory position. Langley spent two years as assistant warden at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston and, most recently, served as PFCMOD's deputy director of Compliance Monitoring.

Private Facilities Director Cody Ginsel commended Langley on his new position, stating "Richard is respected by staff at all levels and has demonstrated admirable leadership qualities. His positivity, dedication and strong operational skills will serve PFCMOD and the agency well."

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Moore named deputy director of Private Facilities Compliance Monitoring

New TDCJ private facilities compliance monitoring deputy director Sheila Moore
 
Sheila Moore
 

In December, 20-year TDCJ veteran Sheila Moore was named deputy director of Compliance Monitoring for the agency's Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division.

Moore, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, began her career as a correctional officer at the Estelle Unit in 1994 and has worked for the agency's Parole, Business and Finance, and Administrative Review and Risk Management divisions. Most recently, Moore served as PFCMOD program supervisor for Contract Management.

Private Facilities Director Cody Ginsel congratulated Moore on her new position, saying "Her diverse background and vast knowledge of contract monitoring and business operations will serve PFCMOD and the agency well."

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Smith appointed manager of Parole Division's Warrants Section


New TDCJ Parole Division Warrants Section manager Lela Smith

Lela Smith

In December, Lela Smith was named Manager III of the Warrants Section for TDCJ's Parole Division.

Smith has more than 17 years of experience with TDCJ, which includes 10 years in supervisory positions. She began her career as a parole officer in 1999 and held several supervisory positions in the division, including Program Supervisor III with the Warrants Section and her most recent role as Program Supervisor V with Specialized Programs.

Parole Division Director Pamela Thielke commended Smith on her promotion saying, "Lela's extensive experience and leadership skills will serve the agency well as she assumes her new role."

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1998 from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

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Captain Harrison named 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year

In October, Captain Jacob Harrison and Warden Joseph Wilson of the Telford Unit traveled to San Antonio to attend the Texas Criminal Justice Association Conference, where Captain Harrison was presented with the 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award, which is given in recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of promising professionals in the field of criminal justice.

Captain Harrison is the first winner of this award, which was established by the TCJA in 2015. The TCJA's mission is to promote and improve collaboration between security operations and treatment services in the Texas criminal justice system.


Photo of Captain Jacob Harrison with his 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award.

Captain Jacob Harrison

Harrison began working for TDCJ in 2002 as a correctional officer at the Eastham Unit in Huntsville while also attending Sam Houston State University. He graduated from SHSU in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and spent several years in the sales and finance industries before returning to TDCJ in 2010 as a correctional officer at the Byrd Unit.

Since his return to TDCJ, Harrison has worked at several units and rapidly advanced through the correctional ranks, promoting to sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

Harrison has embraced his supervisory role and his leadership has helped both co-workers and offenders. "I think the most enjoyable part of my job is when I get the chance to make a difference in someone's life and be a positive influence," Harrison said. "When people leave my office and say 'thank you', that's a really rewarding part of my job."

His leadership skills and work ethic have also had a favorable impression on his supervisors, who submitted his name for consideration in the TCJA award selection process. Telford Unit Senior Warden Joseph Wilson commended Harrison's value saying, "He's one of those people who is always three steps ahead of what's going on and has a big-picture outlook on things. He brings good ideas that have been well thought through."

Wilson concluded, "He's one of those supervisors that you're comfortable leaving in charge. If he has the keys to this place when I lay my head down at night, I'm comfortable with the decisions he's going to make."

Since the award presentation in October, Harrison has been promoted to major at the Boyd Unit in Teague.

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Name From To
Michael Alsobrook Major of Correctional Officers,
William G. McConnell Unit
Assistant Warden,
Barry B. Telford Unit
Kevin Belt Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Assistant Warden,
Thomas Goree Unit
Larry Berger Assistant Warden,
Mark W. Michael Unit
Senior Warden,
Clyde M. Johnston SAFPF
Lincoln Clark Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Assistant Warden,
O.B. Ellis Unit
Arlene Franco Assistant Warden,
Formby State Jail
Assistant Warden,
James V. Allred Unit
Maricia Jackson Senior Warden,
L.V. Hightower Unit
Senior Warden,
Lucile Plane State Jail/
Dempsie Henley State Jail
Robert Jenkins Assistant Warden,
O.B. Ellis Unit
Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Bruce Johnson Major of Correctional Officers,
Darrington Unit
Assistant Warden,
Eastham Unit
Stacey LeBlanc Senior Warden,
Clyde M. Johnston SAFPF
Senior Warden,
L.V. Hightower Unit
James McKee Assistant Warden,
Thomas Goree Unit
Assistant Warden,
Jim Ferguson Unit
Charles Meador Major of Correctional Officers,
Skyview Unit
Assistant Warden,
Mark W. Michael Unit
Rebecca Vann Major of Correctional Officers,
Choice Moore Transfer Facility
Assistant Warden,
Dempsie Henley State Jail
Dessie Ware Major of Correctional Officers,
Price Daniel Unit
Assistant Warden,
Formby State Jail

 

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Langley named deputy director of Private Facilities Operations Monitoring

Moore named deputy director of Private Facilities Compliance Monitoring

Smith appointed manager of Parole Division's Warrants Section

Captain Harrison named 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year