Category Archives: TDCJ

TDCJ has a Long History of Abuse Allegations

Female guards have to contend with harassment and abuse from co-workers every day. Reports of lewd comments, inappropriate contact, masturbating, and fear of retaliation all stem from their male coworkers, not from the inmates.

Over 500 Disciplinary Reports Tossed After Quota System Found at Multiple Texas Prisons

Texas officials dismissed over 500 inmate disciplinary cases after the discovery of an illegal quota implemented at several TDCJ prisons.

3 Havens Unit Officers Return To Work After Excessive Force Incident

Three correctional officers returned to work this week after being investigated for use of excessive force stemming from a March 2nd incident.

Inmates at Ramsey Unit Illegally Target With Quota System

Texas authorities are investigating dozens of disciplinary reports against inmates at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas after a report of a quota system that required correctional officers to write up prisoners or face disciplinary actions.

How Does A Parolee Get Home When Released From Prison?

On the day the offender is to be paroled, the parolee will be taken to the nearest bus station with a bus voucher. The bus voucher allows the transport company to take the parolee to the bus station nearest

TDCJ’s Offender Beekeeping Program

Since 2006, TDCJ has utilized 2,500 offenders in their beekeeing program at various prisons across Texas. In 2016, 547 pounds of honey was produced by TDCJ bee hives.

Texas to Modify Its LGBTQ Inmate Policy

Texas Department of Criminal Justice has agreed to modify its policies regarding the treatment of LGBTQ offenders to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. The modifications are part of a settlement from a 2014 civil rights by an

Doing Time – It’s What You Make of It

While this website was originally conceived to assist people in preparing for parole, we quickly realized decisions made at the very beginning of the incarceration would have effects on the length of the actual time.

Visitation Cancelled at Pack, Luther, and Cleveland Units

Visitation has been cancelled at the Pack, Luther, and Cleveland Units for August 27th due to severe weather.

Hurricane Harvey

An announcement released today by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice stated they are taking steps to protect supervised offenders and prison staff as hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas. Executive Director Bryan Collier said, "This is something that we

Judge Orders Texas to Reduce Temperatures in Prison

With all of Texas under an official heat advisory a federal judge has given state prison officials 15 days to come up with a plan to lower the temperature to 88 degrees inside the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas.

Medical and Dental Visits While in Prison

All TDCJ inmates have the right to at least some medical and dental care while in a TDCJ prison.

What are the TDCJ Custody Levels Assigned to an Offender?

All offenders are assigned a custody level upon entering TDCJ.  Custody levels determine where an offender can be housed and amount of freedom.

Texas Considers Closing Four State Prisons

Four Texas state prisons could be closed as lawmakers consider reducing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget by $40 million. If the final state budget is passed, this could mark the largest reduction in state's history.   Last Friday,