State Counsel for Offenders has been representing indigent offenders since the mid-1960s. In its early years it was known as Inmate Legal Services or Staff Counsel for Inmates. The office originated in response to litigation on the issue of access to courts, which resulted in legislative action authorizing the provision of legal representation for offenders.
SCFO provides legal representation to indigent offenders >>
Texas Department of Criminal Justice policies and procedures were, with few exceptions, already substantially compliant with recent Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. The new standards supplement and strengthen TDCJ's continued effort to prevent, detect and effectively respond to in-prison sex abuse.
TDCJ coordinates Safe Prisons policy with new PREA standards >>
Although Texas and many other southern states fare better than those farther north, when temperatures drop, staying warm and avoiding accidents can be a challenge. Many Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees must spend time outside, exposed to inclement weather, for work and travel. The following important steps can help you stay safe when winter strikes.
Winter weather precautions >>
TDCJ relies on innovative and effective training techniques to prepare parole officers for the challenges they'll meet in the real world, and role-playing scenarios conducted under the controlled conditions of the Training Academy have enhanced the performance of the agency's most recent parole academy graduates.
Parole officer training at TDCJ >>
Rosalyn Kelly, registered nurse for the Health Services Division Office of Professional Standards, interviews an offender at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville.
Attorney Ronald Chin meets with an offender to discuss legal proceedings.
Internal Audit Division employee Elizabeth Yielding inspects the Huntsville Unit key room, to ensure appropriate accountability measures are in place.
Halbert Unit Food Service Manager Jeremy LaTouche scans ID cards as offenders move through the chow line. Meal counters were installed on all units by the end of FY 2012 to track how often offenders go through the serving line and to ensure offenders on medically prescribed diets receive the correct nutrition.
Director of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Ben Phillips, speaks to a student of the program. Offenders who successfully complete the four year program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in return.