In this issue
Board members offer condolences and express gratitude
The Texas Board of Criminal Justice extends deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of those who died in this tragic accident, as well as hopes and prayers for a speedy recovery to those recovering from their injuries.
Penwell bus accident claims lives of two correctional officers,
On the morning of January 14, a TDCJ transport bus carrying three correctional officers and 12 offenders was involved in an accident while traveling from the Middleton Unit in Abilene to the Sanchez Unit in El Paso. While traveling west on Interstate 20 near Penwell, the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a freight train. Two correctional officers and eight offenders died of their injuries.
State Employee Charitable Campaign results
The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign, marking 21 years of charitable fundraising in Texas, raised a total of $942,021 in TDCJ employee donations, surpassing last year’s total by nearly fifty thousand dollars.
ERS Board of Trustees election voting begins March 6
Before August 31 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas is required to elect a trustee. This year’s election is to fill the position held by Yolanda Griego, whose term is expiring.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week begins April 19
The 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week takes place April 19 through 25, and this year’s theme is "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims." During this time, crime victims, victim advocates, criminal justice professionals and community leaders honor crime victims and their advocates by promoting victims' rights and providing support to help crime victims rebuild their lives.
SHSU/CMIT scholarship opportunities for TDCJ employees
Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, will award scholarships to two TDCJ employees nominated by the agency and accepted into the SHSU Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Weekend Program.
McCown honored with Judge Joe Kegans Award
for service to crime victims
In January, Victim Services Division Director Angie McCown was recognized with the American Parole and Probation Association's 2015 Judge Joe Kegans Award for victim services in probation and parole. The award is named after the late Judge Joe Kegans, a founding member of the APPA's Victims Issue Committee who devoted her career to improving the lives of others.