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Here's to your health!

Oliver Bell, TBCJ chairmanIn our busy lives, it sometimes seems impossible to find time to do what it takes to stay healthy and fit. It's easier to pick up fast food at the end of a long day at work. When it comes time to exercise, we are tempted to relax and do nothing instead of going to the gym or taking a walk or run in our neighborhood. But by resisting those enticing temptations for the easy way out, you'll be a healthier, happier person.

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US service veterans prepared for second career with TDCJ

US military flag saluteTom Garey, Madeline Ortiz, Myra Walker and James Mossbarger are among the respected leaders within TDCJ whose job duties cover a wide range of responsibilities, but who share the distinction of having served in the United States Armed Forces. Each credits their military experience as the foundation for their successful careers with the agency.

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Offender Telephone System promotes successful reentry,
aids security and supports crime victims

offender telephone photoDuring its five-year history, TDCJ's Offender Telephone System has helped offenders maintain communication with families and friends in the community. In addition, the OTS is an important security and prison management tool and provides financial support for the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

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Retirement system may be subject of further discussion

work retirement signAlthough the next regular session of the Texas Legislature is still nearly a year away, preliminary indications are that employee pensions and how best to maintain the long term fiscal soundness of the Employee Retirement System may once again be a subject on the Legislature's agenda.


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2013 State Employee Charitable Campaign results

secc Texas logoThe State Employee Charitable Campaign marked its 20th year of fundraising in 2013.TDCJ staff donated a total of $892,493 to the 2013 fundraiser, with the majority of the donations - $533,578 - made through payroll deductions.

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 6-12

NCVR WeekThe 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week takes place April 6 through 12, and this year's theme is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice." During NCVRW, crime victims, victim advocates, criminal justice professionals and community leaders promote victims' rights, honor crime victims and their advocates, and help provide resources to rebuild crime victims' lives.

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Scholarship opportunity for TDCJ employees

scholarship clipartSam 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.

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Information Security: CryptoLocker ransomware warning

CryptoLocker screen grabA newly developed ransomware program called CryptoLocker poses a serious threat to anyone using email on Microsoft Windows. In 2013, security software experts named CryptoLocker "Menace of the Year" when it infected more than 12,000 computers in a single week. Data files on CryptoLocker-infected computers are at risk of being lost forever.

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Correctional officer training at TDCJ

CO training photo; defense tactic trainingPreparing new recruits for their first day on the job as a correctional officer is a difficult task. Even with military or law enforcement experience, new officers are likely to have many questions about their career duties in a state prison. For those who have never worked in a correctional environment, TDCJ's Correctional Officer Training Academy is the first step toward becoming a criminal justice professional.

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Chairman's Fitness Challenge 2014: first-quarter results

fitness clipartThe first quarter kick-off challenge, which ran from September to November of 2013, was a tremendous success. Participating employees collectively accumulated more than 18 million points, far exceeding the goal of 15 million achieved by the 2013 challenge.

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January/February 2014
Volume 21 Issue 3

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