$250 Million in Prison Budget Cuts
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is preparing for a $250 million budget cut for the 2018-2019 budget. The agency has declined where the savings will occur but closing prisons and releasing more nonviolent offenders is not out of the question. In June, Governor Greg Abbot instructed state agencies to submit budget plans reflecting a 4 percent reduction for 2017 budget negotiations. Texas Department of Criminal Justice has an annual operating budget of more than $3 billion with the bulk of that expense going to approximately 40,000 employees. TDCJRead More
Cell Phones in Prison and How They Can Affect Parole
Cell Phones in Prison The prison systems are now taking the position that the #1 problem in the facilities are contraband cell phones. To support their case they are arguing the cell phones create a "danger" of escape, being used to arrange illegal activity, etc. Why Is It a Big Deal? The prisons and legislators point to a case where a contract killer was allegedly hired by a prisoner via cell phone to kill someone. However, the real reason that they are being pursued so heavily is that it is an additional wayRead More
What is the CHANGES Program?
The CHANGES Program is a program offered to offenders through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Windham School District which provide life skills to prepare offenders for release. CHANGES stands for Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success. Offenders who are expected to be released within two years or have F13R parole requirements are allowed and sometimes required to take the courses. The CHANGES program include topics that are important to being successful on the outside. These include: Personal Development – preparing for change, goal setting, self-discovery, values, attitudes,Read More
Getting Your GED While Incarcerated
Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter TDCJ they are tested to determine their academic level. Inmates are then placed in educational program based on their Individualized Treatment Plan, which outlines education services for the offender. Inmates are taught the skills needed to prepare for the GED test. Classes are typically three hours a day andRead More