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September October 2007

80th Texas Legislature

Texas State Capitol

Among the highlights of the recent legislative session were enactment of the TDCJ sunset legislation, a significant expansion of treatment and diversion programs, and approval of pay increases that will result in state employees receiving raises in four consecutive fiscal years.

Owens ends 30-year career with smile on face, tear in eye

ed owens smiling

Ed Owens, a man known for his grand grin and his wonderful way with people, retired from public service in August with a smile on his face and a tear in his eye.

In a heartfelt, and sometimes emotional, farewell address to well-wishers who gathered in Huntsville, the former TDCJ deputy executive director closed out 30 years of government service on August 17.

Mock emergency drills keep TDCJ personnel prepared

inmate being helped by correctional officer at a crash site

The TDCJ correctional officer driving the passenger van carrying nine offenders didn’t see the dump truck coming until it was too late. The last thing she heard before losing consciousness was the screeching of brakes and a loud crash.

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