In this issue
Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
On April 15, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice was privileged to host the 2016 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards ceremony. Volunteers have a strong, positive impact at the agency, helping TDCJ achieve its mission to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society and assist victims of crime.
TDCJ observes 32nd National Correctional Officers’ Week
In 1984, the U.S. Congress commemorated the public service provided by correctional officers and other staff who work in jails, prisons and community corrections by passing a resolution declaring the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers' Week.
Executive Director Livingston to retire in August
On April 15, Brad Livingston announced his decision to retire from the agency after nearly 12 years as executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "I am honored and humbled to have served Texas in this position during such an important time," Livingston said.
CID Director Stephens announces retirement
After 35 years of TDCJ service, Correctional Institution Division Director William "Bill" Stephens will retire at the end of May. TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston commented on Stephens' successful career, saying, "Bill has provided exceptional leadership and strong operational oversight to the agency during his tenure. His commitment and dedication to our agency will have a positive lasting impact."
Davis named CID Director
Lorie Davis has been named the director of TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division effective May 1. Announcing the selection, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston commended Davis, saying, "Lorie brings strong operational oversight and leadership abilities to this position and will serve our agency well."
Deputy Director of Prison and Jail Operations Eason
Robert "Jay" Eason will retire from his position as deputy director of Prison and Jail Operations for TDCJ's Correctional Institutions Division effective May 31. CID Director Lorie Davis praised Eason's career service, saying, "Jay has been a very loyal and committed employee of TDCJ. He has been an excellent example of a professional, compassionate leader for his staff and coworkers."
Texas Correctional Industries reduces recidivism, saves tax dollars
TCI provides offenders opportunities to acquire job skills training through on-the-job training, short courses and apprenticeship courses. In addition to documented work history, offenders who participate in TCI's work programs develop a strong work ethic, learn how to succeed in a structured work environment, and gain real-world manufacturing skills and experience.
ERS Sunset Review
The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is currently studying the mission and performance of the Employees Retirement System to determine if the state employee retirement program can be improved.
TDCJ employees honored for volunteer service
On April 15, TDCJ employees Travis Morris and Tommie Haynes were recognized, along with 19 other award recipients, at the 2016 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony in Austin.