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TDCJ executive director discusses upcoming legislative session, employee issues

portrait of Livingston with question marks in backgroundWhen the Texas Legislature last convened in regular session in January 2003, lawmakers were faced with cutting costs to make up for a $9.9 billion revenue shortfall. Initially, TDCJ faced a budget reduction of 12.5 percent for the 2004-2005 biennium. But in the end, the agency’s two-year budget was cut by approximately $240 million, a reduction of about five percent. The agency’s funding for what remained of the 2003 fiscal year had earlier been cut seven percent.

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U.S. Marine’s homecoming bittersweet for TDCJ mother

group photo of marine with mother and stepfatherIn June of last year, she could only hold his portrait. In October, she could finally hold him.

Nine months of worry for Ellis Unit Food Service Sgt. Jeannith Belanger ended in October, albeit briefly, with the safe return of her youngest son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Josh Hill, from a second tour of duty in Iraq where he earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor in combat.

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TDCJ’s policy for sexual harassment: Zero Tolerance

closeup of woman with man's hand on shoulderTDCJ’s policy regarding sexual harassment and retaliation fills nearly eight pages. But it can be summed up in just two words: zero tolerance.

The policy – Personnel Directive 13 –reads in part: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of unlawful gender discrimination, to include sexual harassment.

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