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The mission and performance of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP), Windham School District (WSD) and the Correctional Managed Healthcare Committee (CMHC) are currently under Sunset review by the Legislature.
The 79th, 80th, and 81st Texas Legislatures appropriated significant new funding for community supervision in Texas, targeting high-risk offenders and reducing revocations, while increasing proactive treatment interventions and sentencing options for all Texas criminal courts.__________________________________________________________________
With the redesign of the agency's website, the Volunteer Services Program has been elevated within the TDCJ online community. Through a quick link on the TDCJ homepage, current and prospective volunteers can now access a variety of information to help them in their efforts to assist offenders. With a click of the mouse, they can learn about volunteer opportunities, submit an application to be a volunteer, retrain as a volunteer, obtain specialized mentoring training, or submit a proposal to implement a program or provide a presentation to offenders.
To motivate and encourage members of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) to lead longer, healthier lives, and to help control healthcare costs, the Legislature recently moved to increase health insurance premiums for staff and covered dependents that use tobacco.
The holidays can be fun, but they can also be a source of stress. Financial pressures, holiday travel and family conflict can sometimes turn a happy time of year into a time of anger or depression.
The first Chairman's Olympic Challenge of this fiscal year, Training for Gold, is currently underway and runs for five weeks, from November 7 until December 12, 2011.
Volume 19 Issue 2