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Mental Health Month: Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments

Judge Larry Gist, TBCJ memberIn order to inform the public of mental health facts and remove the stigma associated with mental illness, the U.S. Congress has designated May as Mental Health Month. To help achieve this goal, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are committed to serving the needs of offenders with mental illness and impairments in both pre-release correctional settings and post-release community settings.

Legislative update for TDCJ employees from the executive director

84th Texas Legislature logo with Texas flagThe 84th Legislature concluded its recent session on June 1, and I am pleased to report that policymakers took decisive action to address issues of great importance to the TDCJ and our employees.

Honoring our Fallen Officers

TDCJ correctional officer standing guard at fallen officers' table during fallen officers' memorial ceremony 2015On May 8, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice held its 16th Annual Fallen Officers' Memorial Ceremony at the Texas Prison Museum's Sesquicentennial Plaza, honoring the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week begins July 12

American Probation and Parole Association logoDuring this year's Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, which runs from July 12 to 18, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will recognize corrections professionals who supervise offenders in our communities.

Darrington Seminary graduates first class of ministers

Darrington seminary graduates singing at 2015 graduation ceremonyIn May, the inaugural class of 33 TDCJ offenders graduated from the Darrington Extension of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies.

TDCJ offenders fill sand bags for flood control

sandbags loaded on pallets ready to be shipped to flood threatened areasIn early May, the Texas Department of Transportation asked TDCJ for help filling sandbags for use as a defense against anticipated flooding. Ultimately, TDCJ offenders from more than a half dozen TDCJ units used almost 75 tons of sand to produce more than 48,000 sandbags.

ERS online Summer Enrollment for Plan Year 2016
scheduled for July 3 to 17

employee retirement system logoThis year's annual online Summer Enrollment for TDCJ employees begins July 3 and ends July 17, 2015. During these two weeks agency staff may use the ERS website to change their benefits for Plan Year 2016.

2015 SHSU/CMIT criminal justice scholarship recipients announced

2015 SHSU scholarship winners, Michael Bates and Natalie IsaacSam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, recently awarded SHSU/CMIT scholarships to TDCJ employees Michael Bates, a captain at the Ellis Unit, and Natalie Isaac, a program supervisor with the Counsel Substitute Program.

 

May/June 2015
Volume 22 Issue 5

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