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83rd Legislature strengthens victims' rights

winhdam school district graphicUntil the passage of crime victims' rights into statute in 1985, victims were relatively ignored in the criminal justice system. This lack of consideration for victims often led to re-victimization because, just as they had no control over what happened to them or their loved ones, they, likewise, had no role in the justice system unless they were a direct witness to the crime.


TDCJ depopulates Dawson and Mineral Wells facilities

flag & tdcj seal graphicThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice 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.


Special Halloween restrictions prevent
children's contact with some parolees

TDCJ General Counsel Sharon Howell photoNot every 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.



Garcia named TDCJ Human Resources director

April Zamora Director of RID photoIn September, Patty Garcia was named director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Human Resources Division.


Lumpkin named director of TDCJ Manufacturing and Logistics

ERS booklets graphicIn August, Bobby Lumpkin was named the new director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Manufacturing and Logistics Division.


No action required: TDCJ health benefits exceed ACA standards

Polunsky award ceremony photoThe ACA Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help people who have no medical insurance or whose insurance does not meet the ACA's minimum standards. TDCJ employee health benefits, provided through the Texas Employee Group Benefits Program and administered by the Employees Retirement System of Texas, exceed the ACA's minimum standards. You are not required to take any action or make any response.


Concealed handgun permit fee reduced for TDCJ correctional officers

Polunsky award ceremony photoEffective September 1, Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officers are charged a discounted fee of $25 when receiving or renewing concealed handgun permits.


September/October 2013
Volume 21 Issue 1

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