In this issue
Mental Health Month: Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
In 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.
Honoring our Fallen Officers
On 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.
TDCJ offenders fill sand bags for flood control
In 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.
2015 SHSU/CMIT criminal justice scholarship recipients announced
Sam 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.