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September/October 2013

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TDCJ depopulates Dawson
and Mineral Wells facilities

Legislative initiatives impact offender population growth

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently removed the offender population from two privately-operated facilities, and changed the mission of several other facilities in order to house displaced female offenders, a logistical challenge met through a large-scale, coordinated effort by agency staff.

With the contracts for Dawson State Jail in Dallas and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility expiring on August 31, three TDCJ correctional facilities have been closed since the implementation of Legislative reforms aimed at decreasing the number of nonviolent offenders incarcerated in TDCJ. In 2012, for the first time in history, the state of Texas closed a correctional facility, the Central Unit in Ft. Bend County near Houston. Central's age and encroaching residential and commercial development made it the initial candidate for closure. Offenders housed at Central, along with much of the unit staff, were transferred to other TDCJ facilities.

As with all offender transfers, security, public safety, staff and offender safety, and continued delivery of essential daily services were among the issues which had to be resolved before the movement of offenders from Dawson and Mineral Wells could begin.

Dawson State Jail was a co-gender facility located in downtown Dallas housing around 2,200 offenders, 1,400 of those being female. The Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility, located about 80 miles west of Dallas, could house 2,100 male offenders. As Dawson housed both male and female offenders, gender issues had to be anticipated and dealt with, including such mundane but critical items such as alteration of bathroom facilities. To move these offenders to other CID units, the Marlin Transfer Facility, near Waco, and the San Saba unit were first converted from male to female populations.

In preparation for the depopulation, State Classification Committee (SCC) members screened more than 11,000 offenders for trusty consideration and Pre-Release assignments and choreographed the overall depopulation plan while monitoring to avoid potential capacity problems. Agency staff documented SCC decisions, coordinated the trusty project, maintained daily statistics and keyed in more than 10,000 transfers to allow reassignment of offenders.

The agency's Manufacturing and Logistics staff were heavily involved in the move. Staff at the Luther Stainless Steel factory built and refurbished toilet and sink fixtures, and staff at the Coffield Metal Fabrication shop manufactured toilet partitions, walls, panels and bunk ladders. Manufacturing and Logistics staff also transported the materials and goods to Marlin and San Saba.

Facilities Division staff, to include Region II, V and VI maintenance staff, as well as San Saba and Marlin maintenance employees, were instrumental in the alteration of offender housing areas to accommodate female offenders.

Offender Transportation of course played a large role in both the depopulation of Dawson and Mineral Wells and the conversion of the Marlin and San Saba units to female housing. Warden Kyle Coston and his staff were responsible for relocating more than 10,000 offenders during the transition.

Region VI Director Eric Guerrero, along with Wardens Linda Gonzales and Debbie Erwin, acknowledged unit staff for their hard work during the conversions of both the Marlin Unit and San Saba Unit, noting that it required a strong, unified effort to successfully transition these units from male to female. Gatesville area facilitator staff helped with officer and staff gender-specific training at Marlin and San Saba.

Staff from numerous other divisions and departments, to include Human Resources, Classification and Records, the Safe Prisons Program, the Security Threat Group Management Office, Business and Finance, Risk Management, and Private Facility Contract Monitoring and Oversight also played important roles in the successful depopulation.

While transferring offenders and closing a prison may seem a simple and straightforward process, the logistical challenges presented by this action were daunting. CID's Deputy Director for Support Operations Michael Upshaw praised the effort, saying, "The success of this project shows how staffs from different TDCJ divisions come together as a unified team to accomplish a common goal. In this case, the goal was to depopulate two facilities and convert two additional facilities from male to female. This was no easy task, but because of the teamwork and professionalism of our employees, it was completed in a flawless manner. It is truly an honor and privilege to be a part of such a loyal, professional, dedicated and hard working team."

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Special Halloween restrictions prevent children's contact with some parolees

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Not every Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) employee gets to hand out candy or accompany their young trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Unit staff may be protecting the public while working their shift, and parole officers may be working to keep young trick-or-treaters away from parolees whose supervision conditions prohibit contact with children.

As in the past, paroled offenders with child-contact restrictions will receive written notice informing them that, in addition to their normal supervisory conditions:

To help ensure compliance, parole staff will conduct residence checks beginning at dusk on October 31. Parole's Specialized Programs department will also send letters to Sex Offender Treatment Program providers, advising them to inform their treatment groups of these special restrictions.

According to Parole Division Director Stuart Jenkins, the special restrictions have been utilized for nearly 10 years, demonstrating the agency's long-term commitment to public safety by protecting children during typical Halloween festivities.

"Like many TDCJ employees, parole officers don't work eight-to-five, Monday through Friday," said Jenkins. "If making the rounds on Halloween night will make contact less likely (between children and those whose conditions prohibit contact), I believe our efforts are very worthwhile."

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Chairman's Fitness Challenge 2013: fourth-quarter results

The fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2013 Chairman's Fitness Challenge was a great success. During the six-week period, participating employees collectively accumulated more than18 million points, bringing the total points earned thus far to almost 43 million.

Congratulations to all our participants. Below are the first, second and third place winners within each division.

  FIRST SECOND THIRD
Division 1:
19 or fewer employees
Internal Audit Division Parole Division Central Headquarters Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Austin Executive Administration
Division 2:
20 to 39 employees
Office of the General Counsel

Reentry and Integration Division

Parole Region III
Division 3:
40 to 99 employees
Houston VII Office -
Parole Division
Administrative Review and Risk Management Division Huntsville Institutional Parole Office
Division 4:
100 to 199 employees
Correctional Training Administration - CID Glossbrenner Unit - CID Sayle Unit - CID
Division 5:
200 to 299 employees
Hobby Unit - CID LeBlanc Unit - CID Travis County State Jail - CID
Division 6:
300 plus employees
Manufacturing and Logistics Division Huntsville Unit - CID Jester IV Unit - CID
Division 7: Windham School District (WSD) WSD West Texas Region WSD North Texas Region WSD South Texas Region

 

Special Platinum Challenge

There were 112 employees who successfully completed the Special Platinum Challenge by achieving 2,500 points during each week of the fourth quarter, and 169 Gold Challenge participants who earned more than 1,000 points during the quarter!

Listed below are the quarter's successful Silver Platinum Challengers. Names in italics indicate 19 staff members who completed Platinum Challenge all four quarters for the fiscal year 2013 Chairman's Fitness Challenge.

Congratulations to you all! Keep up the outstanding work!

Department/Unit of Assignment Name

Administrative Review and Risk Management Division

Heydn, Debbie
McGilbra, Cassandra
Standley, Brandon

CID - Correctional Training Academy

Morales, Paul

CID - Region III Director's Office

Paukner, Dave

Clements Unit

Clark, Brian
Vargas, Marisela

Cole State Jail

Hendrix, Katrina

Daniel Unit

Scott, Leslie
Steck, Russel

Dominguez State Jail

Borrego, Lucia

Gist State Jail

Childs, Jeffery
Jones, David
Whittington, Tosh

Glossbrenner Unit

Gamez, Oscar
Gonzalez, Jr., Felipe
Soliz, Velma

Goree Unit

Richards, Corey
Shair, Jacquelyn

Havins Unit

Knight, John
Lancaster, Cindy
Lopez, Cynthia
McCarty, Melissa
Patterson, Edna
Stevens, Robert

Hightower Unit

Dear, Sherry
McDaniel, Joseph

Holliday Unit

Bickford, Steven

Hospital Galveston

Collins, Jeremy
Holiday, Lori
Jones, Darnell
Winston, Antoinette

Hughes Unit

Dicorte, Kelly
Lackey, Sherri

Huntsville Unit

Cotton, Joseph
Frasier, Cody
Haskell, Courtney
Kukua, Michael
Perkins, Krista
Price, Kailian
Proctor, Michael
Sanchez, Eric
Seitz, John
Shotwell, Sherry
Sugamele, Trisa
Towell, Samuel
Wilburn, Matrice
Zander, Brinton

Jester I

Blackshear, Wesley

LeBlanc Unit

Aylor, Timothy
Dionne, Thad
James, Alphonso
Miller, Brice
Wolfe-Mahfood, Valerie

Lopez Unit

Cavazos, Hector
Rodriguez, Carlos

Lychner/Kegans Units

Fontenot, Lillie

Lynaugh Unit

Galven, Pamela

Michael Unit

Wright, Richard

Middleton Unit

King, Jesse

Moore Unit

Conway, Christopher
Dean, Kenneth
Latham, Harold
Walley, Eddy

Neal Unit

Tenbrink, Eric

San Saba Unit

Kirchner, Michael
Uhler, Susan

Segovia Unit

Olguin, Estela

Skyview/Hodge Complex

Rodriguez, Gerado
Romer, Walter

Stiles Unit

Knod, Lance

Telford Unit

Raggs, Victor
Sartin, Derek
Siebe, Matthew
Yawn, Stephen

Torres/Ney Units

Garza, Roberto
Ross, Pernell
Trejo, Alfredo

Travis County State Jail

Black, Nancy
Coleman, Annie
Cantu, Joshua
Snow, Michael

Vance Unit

Sykes, Patricia

Human Resources Division Headquarters

Drew, David

Information Technology Division

Pickens, Stephanie

Internal Audit

Arterberry, Shelia
Jeffcoat, Charlotte
Walker, Frederick

Manufacturing and Logistics Division

Belew ,Tammie
Ellis, Bob
Robinson, Jesse
Sevedge, David
Warren, Kelly
Whiddon, Monica

Office of the Inspector General

Castillo, Ramon

Parole Division, Brownwood District Parole Office

Grace, Leslie

Parole Division, Gatesville Institutional Parole Office

Thill, David

Private Facilities Contract Monitoring and Oversight Division

Fox, Stephen

Reentry and Integration Division

Jackson, Rosalie
Lively, Mary

Victim Services Division

Nelson, John

Windham - Administration

Martinez, Jason
Trevino, Farrah

Windham - North Texas Region

Dugger, James
Martin, Sherrie

Windham - West Texas Region

Foose, Richard
Gholson, Shelia
Kubena, Edwin
Prebish, Kenneth
Rose, Frank

 

Getting Fit Along on the Road to Sochi 2014

The 2014 Chairman's Fitness Challenge, Getting Fit Along the Road to Sochi, began in September with a theme selected to honor the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

As in previous years, Administrative Leave will be awarded to every employee who completes that quarter's challenge in its entirety, but this year's Challenge features a new twist: each quarter will become progressively more difficult, requiring participants to earn more points to successfully meet their goal.

For program details, including participant sign-up information for the Fitness Challenge, contact your agency Wellness Initiative representative.

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Garcia named TDCJ
Human Resources director


SCFO Director Rudolph Brothers

Patty Garcia

In September, Patty Garcia was named director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Human Resources (HR) Division.

A 1993 graduate of Sam Houston State University, Garcia has worked for eight years in policy and records management for TDCJ's Executive Services department, and nearly 14 years in both government and private sector human resources. She began her TDCJ career in 1990 as a Classification and Records clerk, and then served in a variety of positions, including HR clerk, payroll assistant, administrative technician, technical writer, program specialist, employment section director and manager of Employment and Support Services.

Regarding her recent selection, Garcia said, "I am honored to lead the HR Division, and am confident that we will continue to provide excellent customer service to meet the needs of current and future agency employees."

TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston congratulated Garcia, saying, "Her integrity, strong customer service approach and leadership ability, combined with her experience, will prove to be a great benefit to the agency as she serves in her new role as director."

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Lumpkin named director of TDCJ Manufacturing and Logistics

General Counsel Sharon Howell
 
Bobby Lumpkin  

In August, Bobby Lumpkin was named director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Manufacturing and Logistics Division.

Lumpkin, a 23-year veteran of TDCJ, began his career with the agency in 1990 as a correctional officer at the Diagnostic Unit. He promoted through the security ranks and held the position of assistant warden on several Correctional Institutions Division units. He also worked in the Administrative Review and Risk Management Division as the American Correctional Association accreditation manager, and the review and standards manager. Most recently, Lumpkin served as deputy director of the Private Facility Contract Monitoring Oversight Division.

Congratulating him on his promotion, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston highlighted Lumpkin's long career with the agency, saying, "His experience includes ongoing unit-based responsibilities as well as key management and leadership roles in two additional divisions within the agency. This extensive and diverse background will serve TDCJ well as he assumes his new responsibilities."

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Morales named deputy director of Management Operations for CID


SCFO Director Rudolph Brothers

Paul Morales

In September, Paul Morales was selected as deputy director of Management Operations for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Correctional Institution Division (CID).

Morales has more than 24 years experience with TDCJ, beginning his career as a correctional officer at the Terrell Unit in 1989. Rising through the agency's security ranks, Morales served as senior warden at the Segovia, Lynaugh/Ft. Stockton, McConnell and Connally units. In 2009 Morales was named CID Region III director and, three years later, took over as director of the Correctional Training and Staff Development Department for CID. During his career with the agency, Morales earned a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest University.

Congratulating Morales on his promotion, CID Director Bill Stephens said, "Paul's leadership will serve the agency well as we move forward."

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Parole Division selects Toliver
and Howard as deputy directors

In September, Ervin Toliver and Lisa Howard were selected by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Parole Division to serve as deputy directors of Management Operations and Support Operations, respectively.

TDCJ Parole Division Director Stuart Jenkins commended their selection, saying, "The Parole Division will greatly benefit from the diverse range of experience and deep institutional knowledge Mr. Toliver and Ms. Howard bring to their new duties. Their work will be a strong asset as we continue our mission to protect the public while promoting offender rehabilitation and reintegration."


SCFO Director Rudolph Brothers

Ervin Toliver

Ervin Toliver has 19 years experience with TDCJ, most recently working as director of Parole's Specialized Programs Section. During his career with the agency, he has been responsible for the management and oversight of the Super-Intensive Supervision Program (SISP), to include training of SISP officers, policy and procedures development, and monitoring of SISP contracts. Toliver has held senior management positions in both field operations and central operations, and has been instrumental in upgrading internal review and motivational interviewing procedures.

TDCJ-CID Region III Director Lorie Davis
 
Lisa Howard  

Lisa Howard has more than 25 years experience working for TDCJ, with 15 of those years in supervisory positions. Howard served as a regional director with the Private Facility Contract Monitoring Oversight Division (PFCMOD) and most recently, as deputy director of the PFCMOD Programs Monitoring Section, which helps monitor prison substance abuse programs, halfway houses, residential substance abuse treatment programs and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Howard has worked with the Parole Division, in both the Warrants Section and Specialized Programs.

 

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Davis named director of CID Correctional Training and Staff Development

TDCJ-CID Region III Director Lorie Davis
 
Lorie Davis  

In August, Lorie Davis was selected as director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Correctional Institutions Division's (CID) Correctional Training and Staff Development Department.

Davis, a TDCJ veteran with nearly 25 years experience, began her career as a correctional officer and promoted through the security ranks. With a bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University and a master's degree from Texas Tech University, Davis also possesses a wide range of experience, having worked as senior warden at nine different TDCJ facilities. Most recently, Davis served as director of CID Region III..

Congratulating Davis on her selection, CID Director Bill Stephens said, "(Her) positive energy and passion toward our mission will serve Correctional Training and Staff Development well as we continue to focus on core values and leadership principles."

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TDCJ selects Echessa as
CID Region III director


SCFO Director Rudolph Brothers

Leonard Echessa

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has selected Leonard Echessa as Region III director for the Correctional Institutions Division (CID), effective October 1.

Echessa, a 21-year veteran of TDCJ with a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University, began his agency career as a correctional officer, and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as senior warden at the Glen Ray Goodman Transfer Facility in Jasper, followed by three years as senior warden at the Jester IV Unit in Richmond.

CID Director William Stephens commended the new Region III director, saying, "Leonard's twenty-plus years of experience includes assignments on units with diverse operations. His strong leadership qualities, experience and commitment to our overall mission will serve the agency well."

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Parole selects Ramirez
as Region III director

TDCJ-CID Region III Director Lorie Davis
 
Marcus Ramirez  

Effective September 1, Marcus Ramirez was named Region III director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Parole Division. Ramirez has served more than 18 years with Parole, working as a parole officer as well as supervisory roles in both administration and field work. His most recent position was assistant region director with the Parole Division in San Antonio.

 

 

 

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Morales named deputy director of management operations for CID

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