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Video teleconferencing traveling vastly into the future

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice video teleconferencing system continues to grow extensively in size and utilization. Since the last article in 2000, the video network has gone through a major conversion, growing to 55 sites with all-new equipment. Utilization is as diverse as administrative meetings, statewide personnel training sessions, interviews, project management meetings, and distance learning/hearings for offenders. Currently, the combined locations installed across the state are at 23 TDCJ unit locations, 8 administrative locations, 12 parole locations, 7 officer training academy locations and 5 offender distance learning facilities. The video teleconference equipment is available to all TDCJ personnel regardless of where the equipment is located. The agency now has a video system located within an hour’s drive of all facilities. For information on how to schedule videoconferences or trainings, contact Deanie Rose or Frances Johnston at 936-437-1720.

Video locations are listed below and are available for use on a 24-hour basis.

Units
Administrative
Parole
Training Academies
Offender Distance Learning Only!
Allred Unit BOT /
Huntsville
Amarillo Board Beeville Training Beto –
Edu. Only
Briscoe Unit Conf Ctr /
Huntsville
Austin PD Central Beto Training Coffield /
Edu. Only
Clements Unit HR -
Huntsville
Chasefield CJC Training Michael /
Edu. Only
Cole State Jail ITD Hdqrtrs –
Hunts.
Corpus Christi PD Ellis Training Plane St
Jail-Educ.
Dalhart Unit Price Daniel
Bldg/Austin
Dallas PD Hilltop Training Estelle Unit/
SVORI
Daniel Unit Reg 5 Sat /
Plainview
El Paso PD Plainview Training
Darrington Unit West Hill Mall /
Hunts
Ft. Worth PD Ramsey Training
Hughes Unit Communications-
(Video Dept. Only)
Houston
Reg 3 PD
Jester IV Unit McAllen PD
Kegans State Jail Midland PD
Lewis Unit San Antonio Metro
Lynaugh Unit Tyler PD
McConnell Unit
Michael Unit
Montford Unit
Plane St Jail-Chap.
Polunsky Unit
Roach Unit
Robertson Unit
Sanchez State Jail
Stevenson Unit
Stiles Unit
Telford Unit

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Keeping your personal information current important

Have you moved or changed telephone numbers?

Updating your telephone number, mailing and e-mail addresses with the Employees Retirement System (ERS) of Texas is necessary to continue receiving communications about your ERS benefits.

To update your ERS information, you can complete an Insurance Multipurpose Form with your Human Resources representative or you can go to the ERS website, www.ers.state.tx.us, and click on "ERS OnLine Login" at the top right corner. If you need help with your password or user ID, you can click on the appropriate link or contact ERS Customer Service toll-free at (877) 275-4377 or in Austin at (512) 867-7711.

Don’t forget to update your personal information with the agency, too! To update your information with TDCJ, see your Human Resources representative and complete a PERS-60, Employee Address Change form.

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