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September/October 2017
Volume 25 Issue 1


Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale WainwrightDuring Hurricane Harvey, TDCJ employees once again met every challenge they encountered, no matter how difficult. It was an exceptional performance by an exceptional group of public servants.

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TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierWhile the damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey may have been minor, the efforts necessary to protect public safety and prevent extensive damage, serious injury and perhaps even the loss of life were anything but. If not for the amazing and inspiring performance of TDCJ's dedicated public servants, the outcome might have been disastrous for both the public and the offender population.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.Like no other event in TDCJ history, Hurricane Harvey tested the agency’s ability to fulfill its mission while enduring a catastrophic and widespread weather emergency. TDCJ staff responded to this unprecedented storm event, perhaps the greatest logistical challenge in the history of Texas corrections, with practiced skill and professional expertise.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.The Office of Incident Management is the agency’s central oversight authority for emergency management preparedness and response.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division is responsible for the secure confinement of adult felony offenders. CID was responsible for the successful evacuation and housing of nearly 6,800 offenders to safe areas beyond the reach of Hurricane Harvey’s most devastating effects.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.The Parole Division supervises offenders released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision to complete their sentences in Texas communities. Before the hurricane was over, hundreds of parolees and probationers were evacuated from halfway-houses, treatment centers or their homes.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.The Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division provides warehousing, manufacturing, freight transportation and fleet management services, as well as agricultural oversight. In preparation and response to Hurricane Harvey, MAL's dispatch offices coordinated more than 135 freight hauls and drivers logged nearly 32 thousand miles.

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Flooding following Hurricane Harvey.TDCJ’s Facilities Division is responsible for planning, design, construction, maintenance and environmental quality compliance assurance for agency facilities. Facilities major response activities included deployment of portable generators and water tankers, response to power and water outages, relocation of equipment in flood impact areas, as well as filling and deployment of sandbags.

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Rehabilitation Programs Division Director Rene Hinojosa.Rene Hinojosa has been selected as director of the Rehabilitation Programs Division. As RPD director, Hinojosa will oversee the delivery of evidence-based treatment services for offenders throughout their incarceration and post-release supervision. He replaces Madeline Ortiz who retired in September.

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TDCJ Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Clark.Jason Clark has been named Deputy Chief of Staff for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, effective November 1.

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Reentry and Integration Division Deputy Director Stephen Fox.In October, Stephen Fox was selected as deputy director of TDCJ's Reentry and Integration Division. As RID deputy director, Fox will help oversee daily operations of Reentry Planning and the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments.

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Photos of 3 new MAL division deputy directors.In October and November, three TDCJ veteran employees were selected as deputy directors for the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division. Ron Hudson was named deputy division director over Agribusiness, Land and Minerals; Kirk Moss was chosen to manage Texas Correctional Industries, and Robert Cade will oversee Transportation and Supply.

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New ARRM division deputy directors.Effective November 1, Frances Gattis and Christopher Carter assumed the job duties of deputy directors for TDCJ’s Administrative Review and Risk Management Division. Gattis will oversee ARRM's Access to Courts section, and Carter will manage ARRM's Monitoring and Standards Department.

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Correctional Institutions Division Region IV Director Miguel Martinez and Region V director David Blackwell.In September, TDCJ's Miguel Martinez was selected as diretor of CID Region IV, based in Beeville, and David Blackwell was selected as director of CID Region V, which includes the Texas Panhandle.

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TDCJ Chaplaincy Operations Manager Michael Rutledge.In September, Michael Rutledge was named Chaplaincy Operations Manager for TDCJ’s Rehabilitation Programs Division. Rutledge fills the vacancy left by Chaplain Vance Drum, who retired in August after 32 years of service with TDCJ.

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Photograph of two trucks and trailers full of donations for TDCJ staff.As Hurricane Harvey weakened and dissipated over land, TDCJ staff and criminal justice groups from around the nation were working hard to gather much-needed supplies and raised funding for criminal justice employees in Texas who were especially hard hit by the storm.

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Graphic of the letters P, A, C, and TIn October, nearly 400 people attended the 2017 Public Awareness – Corrections Today Conference held in Huntsville at Sam Houston State University. Breakout sessions and information booths provided information about TDCJ, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Windham School District.

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Outgoing Information Technology Division director Mike Bell. In October, Chief Information Officer and director of the agency's Information Technology Division Mike Bell left TDCJ to accept a position in the Houston Police Department’s Office of Technology Services.

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Human Resources Division Employee of the Year 2017, Susan Woodrome.TDCJ’s Human Resources Division held its 17th annual Employee of the Year Luncheon in October at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, where Susan Woodrome from the Duncan Unit was recognized as HR Division Employee of the Year.

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