Until 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.
83rd Legislature Strengthens Victim's Rights >>
The 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.
TDCJ depopulates Dawson and Mineral Wells facilities >>
Susan Johnson, counselor for the female DWI Intervention Program at the Halbert Unit, guides offenders as they participate in group counseling sessions.
Incident Manager Kirk Moss, orange shirt, leads an emergency response training exercise in the command center.
The Region I Honor Guard stands at Attention during the Thirteenth Annual Fallen Officers' Memorial Ceremony at the Sesquisentennial Plaza in Huntsville.
Dana Hendrick, Special Programs director for CJAD, attends the Community Supervision Summit held at the state capitol in February.
Correctional Officer Melvin Street, left, participates in the classroom portion of in-service training. Officers are required to complete 40 hours of training annually.
Rosalyn Kelly, registered nurse for the Health Services Division Office of Professional Standards, interviews an offender at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville.
Attorney Ronald Chin meets with an offender to discuss legal proceedings.
Internal Audit Division employee Elizabeth Yielding inspects the Huntsville Unit key room, to ensure appropriate accountability measures are in place.
Halbert Unit Food Service Manager Jeremy LaTouche scans ID cards as offenders move through the chow line. Meal counters were installed on all units by the end of FY 2012 to track how often offenders go through the serving line and to ensure offenders on medically prescribed diets receive the correct nutrition.
Director of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Ben Phillips, speaks to a student of the program. Offenders who successfully complete the four year program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in return.