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March/April 2014

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TDCJ, Victim Services support
Crime Victims' Rights Week

April marked the 30th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and TDCJ's Victim Services Division (VSD) participated in several events honoring those who work to establish and maintain victims' rights. This year's Crime Victims' Rights Week theme - 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice - celebrated three decades of working to support crime victim assistance programs around the nation.

Crime Victims' Rights Week keynote speaker Judy Brumbelow
 

Judy Brumbelow, keynote speaker for the Travis County Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony, places a note in honor of her daughter on a memorial tree during the event.

 

Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no assistance; today, victims' rights have made great progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done. "Our commitment to reaching every victim of crime is stronger than ever," noted Joye E. Frost, director of the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice. "For 30 years, VOCA has represented hope, healing, and justice. Our message to all victims of crime is this: You are not alone."

TDCJ's Victim Services Division was represented at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Awards and Policy Forum. VSD also attended a breakfast hosted by the Huntsville Police Department, participated in a wreath ceremony at courthouses in Corpus Christi and in San Antonio, and participated in an Ask the Expert portion of a Corpus Christi network television affiliate. Agency staff helped with presentation at the Nueces County Commemorative and Awards Ceremony, and represented the TDCJ at the Bexar, Collin, Dallas and Travis counties' Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremonies.

VSD also helped host an Evening of Empowerment Event for crime victims in Plano. Attendees received complimentary dinner and child care and were given an opportunity to learn about mental health resources and legal aid.

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TDCJ employees receive
volunteer service awards

Agency Chaplain Clint Morris
 
Clint Morris  

Agency Chaplain Clint Morris and Connally Unit Warden Joe Grimes were honored for their work at the 2014 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony in Austin. The 19th annual awards ceremony honored 15 individuals and six organizations for their help rehabilitating offenders. A complete list of award recipients can be seen here.


Connally Unit Warden Joe Grimes

Joe Grimes

Chaplain Morris, who works with the Jewish and Native American programs, was presented with the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award for his work with the Toastmasters program at the Wynne Unit.

Warden Grimes received the Criminal Justice Administrator Award for his work with medium custody offenders in the Kairos program.

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TDCJ EMPLOYEE PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
Name From To
Tracey Allen Assistant Warden,
Richard P. LeBlanc Unit
Senior Warden,
San Saba Unit
Debbie Erwin Senior Warden, San Saba Unit Senior Warden,
Dr. Lane Murray Unit
Charles Landis Assistant Regional Director,
Region I Director’s Office
Assistant Warden,
O.B. Ellis Unit
Judy Scott Senior Warden,
Dr. Lane Murray Unit
Senior Warden,
Christina Melton Crain Unit

 

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Service Awards

 

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Retirees

 

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