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May/June 2012

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Sunset review offers preliminary recommendations

Tx Capitol Building photographAfter months of review, the Sunset Advisory Commission has released staff's recommendations for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The review process, which began in September 2011, evaluates an agency's mission and recommends operational changes to ensure the goals of the agency are met and state funding is spent efficiently.

Citing the Legislature's investment in diversion and treatment programs, recent success in reducing recidivism rates and declining parole and probation revocation rates, sunset staff concluded the criminal justice system is working well, and recommended continuing TDCJ for another twelve years. The Commission's staff also gave recommendations on the following issues:

The Sunset Advisory Commission heard public testimony and comment from Sunset staff on June 5, 2012. Later in the year the Commission will meet again, at which time they will adopt recommendations to be submitted to the Legislature for consideration when it convenes in January 2013. The Sunset staff report can be viewed at the following link: http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/83rd/CJ/CJ_SR.pdf

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Heat precautions and workplace safety at TDCJ

heat precaution graphicTexas is known for hot weather during the summer months, and this makes heat stress in the workplace a serious safety concern. Hot weather increases the likelihood of injuries due to sweaty palms, dizziness and fogged safety glasses, while overheating can cause weakness, confusion, nausea, and if left untreated, more serious medical emergencies.

Prevention is the best way to deal with heat-related illnesses. By gradually adapting to work in hot and humid conditions and staying hydrated with fluids, most serious heat-related issues can be avoided. Our bodies can usually maintain a healthy temperature through blood circulation and perspiration, but both of these cooling mechanisms can be overwhelmed by very high temperatures and humidity.

It's important to recognize the following types and signs of heat stress in yourself, your coworkers and the offender population so you will know when to take action. Remember: severe heat stress is a medical emergency and must be treated by properly-trained medical personnel.

Exposure to heat and humidity are often unavoidable for agency staff and offenders. It is important to diminish the impact of the Texas summer by drinking plenty of fluids, remaining alert to the warning signs of heat stress in yourself or others, and seeking immediate medical assistance if symptoms of heat related illness appear.

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