Category Archives: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Texas Lowers Cost of Inmate Phone Calls

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice approved a decrease to the cost of calls for inmates from .26 cents to .06 cents per minute effective September 1, 2018.

TDCJ Cuts Inmate Health Care Spending in 2020-2021

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has cut the spending on inmate health care in the 2020-2021 budget leaving inmate health care underfunded by more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

Advocacy Group Calls for External Oversight of TDCJ

Citing potential savings, the need to monitor TDCJ staff, and inmate rights, advocacy groups call for an independent oversight of the state's prisons system.

Texas Removes Bachelor’s Program for Female Inmates But Not For Male Inmates

By 2020, TDCJ will eliminate all bachelor's degree programs for female inmates. Male inmates can still participate in bachelor's and master's programs along with 21 different job certifications.

Prison Guards Indicted for Planting Evidence

Four former Texas prison guards were indicted on charges of tampering with governmental records and official oppression in connection with the planting of a screwdriver in an inmate's cell.

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.

Hiring New Guards While the Older Ones are Planting Evidence – Part 1

Prison guards at a TDCJ prison.

Texas Prison Guards Pay and Vacancies This is part one a two-part series on pay for Texas prison guards and the illegal quota system. Increase in Pay for Prison Guards The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced back in February