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Central Unit closes

Central Unit photoAfter more than a century of public service, the Central Unit closed on August 31, 2011. This is the first closure of a Texas prison in the state's history and is the result of a combination of factors, to include legislative efforts to stabilize the number of incarcerated offenders through funding of treatment and diversion programs, continued suburban development west of Houston and budgetary constraints impacting all state agencies. Proceeds from the 326-acre property sale will go into the Texas capital trust fund.


Communications in probation

Judge Larry Gist, MemberAn elaborate communications web helps our state's probation system provide effective supervision and rehabilitative services. This communication structure allows information, suggestions and advice to be shared among community supervision officers, their department directors, the judiciary, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ).


2011 State Employee Charitable Campaign launches fall fundraising drive

SECC logoThe State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) takes place every September and October and is a statutorily authorized workplace fundraising campaign for state agency employees throughout Texas. During fiscal year 2010, the SECC marked its 17th year by raising more than $9.8 million - including a $112,000 donation from TDCJ employees - for charitable organizations.


TBCJ appoints Toney, Brothers, Hornung to senior agency positions

state sealIn August, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) unanimously approved the appointments of Bruce Toney as Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) inspector general, Rudolph Brothers as director of the State Counsel for Offenders (SCFO), and Scott Hornung as director of the Internal Audit (IA) division. The appointments became effective September 1.


TDCJ Inspector General John Moriarty retires

John MoriartyAfter a 22-year career with the state of Texas, TDCJ Inspector General John Moriarty has retired.



Chairman's Fitness League: Fourth Quarter

football goalpost graphicThe fourth quarter of the Chairman's Fitness League, Post-Season Training, was a big success. For this quarter, points were earned based on miles completed during the five-week period. Congratulations to the divisional winners and other top competitors.


September/October 2011
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