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Substance abuse treatment programs at TDCJ

Larry Don Miles, TBCJ memberThe Rehabilitation Programs Division is the treatment coordinating entity of the TDCJ. In facilitating effective treatment delivery, the RPD coordinates with the Parole Division, the Community Justice Assistance Division and the Correctional Institutions Division to provide substance abuse treatment services for individual offenders throughout their entire incarceration and supervision period.

TDCJ mourns loss of Officer Timothy Davison

photo of memorial service for Correctional Officer Timothy DavisonOn Wednesday morning of July 15, Correctional Officer Timothy Davison of the Telford Unit was physically assaulted by an offender while escorting him to his cell. The 47-year-old officer suffered serious injuries in the attack and was transported to Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, where he died later in the day.

Inspected TDCJ facilities meet PREA standards, audits continue

Prison Rape Elimination Act logoAs of July 2015, approximately one-third of TDCJ's secure facilities have been reviewed and all have met PREA standards.

State Employee Charitable Campaign began September 1

State Employee Charitable Campaign logoFor 22 years, employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other state agencies have generously supported the many SECC charities through fundraising and payroll deduction.

Executive Director Livingston honored by ACA

American Correctional Association logoIn August, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston was the recipient of the American Correctional Association's E.R. Cass Award.

Executive Director Livingston honored by TPEA

TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston receiving 2015 TPEA Administrator of the Year awardIn August, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston was recognized by the Texas Public Employees Association with its 2015 Administrator of the Year Award.

Governor Abbott appoints three to TBCJ, names chairman

TDCJ sealIn August, Texas Governor Greg Abbott named the Honorable Dale Wainwright chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and appointed Tom G. Fordyce and Derrelynn Perryman as TBCJ members, with terms scheduled to expire on February 1, 2021.

TDCJ prepares for 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

sattelite image of Atlantic hurricaneWhile the agency's front line employees always deal directly with inclement weather, TDCJ relies on effective emergency planning to continue operations with minimal disruption.

Offender grooming policy change effective August 1

sattelite image of Atlantic hurricaneIn response to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, offenders housed in TDCJ facilities will be allowed to grow a beard for religious purposes.

Information Security: Don’t fall for the social engineering scam

cybercriminal sitting at keyboard graphicIn the world of information security, social engineering refers to a type of confidence trick where cybercriminals use deception to get computer users to bypass security procedures and programs, resulting in the loss or theft of confidential data.

CO earns Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year honor

Correctional Officer Belky Challenger receiving 2014 Polunsky Unit Employee of the Year awardDuring a July ceremony at the Polunsky Unit, former Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Allan B. Polunsky presented CO IV Belky Challenger with the 2014 Employee of the Year Award.


July/August 2015
Volume 22 Issue 6

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