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May/June 2017
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TDCJ mourns passing of
CO Shana Tedder

TDCJ correctional officer Shana Tedder
 
Correctional Officer
Shana Tedder
 

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers of Correctional Officer Shana Tedder, who passed away at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on June 9. Officer Tedder complained of shortness of breath soon after having been involved in a Use of Force with an offender. A short time later she collapsed. EMS was called to the scene but attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. Ms. Tedder had served with TDCJ since 2005. We join with those who knew and loved Officer Tedder in mourning her loss.

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Texas House Resolution recognizes 2017 Correctional Officers,
Employees Week

In May, the 85th Texas Legislature House of Representatives voted to recognize and honor National Correctional Officers and Employees Week by adopting House Resolution No. 1779 authored by Representative James White.

Image of Texas House of Representatives resolution no. 1779, which says: R E S O L U T I O N
WHEREAS, Across the United States, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week is being celebrated from May 7 through 13, 2017; and
WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers Week in 1984, and two years later, Congress expanded the focus to include all the employees of our nation ’s prisons and jails; and
WHEREAS, Texas is home to some of the most qualified, resourceful, and committed correctional officers and employees in the nation; each day, they are tasked with ensuring both the safety of the public and the welfare of the inmates in their care, while simultaneously maintaining crucial operations under demanding and often dangerous conditions; and
WHEREAS, Correctional officers and employees in the Lone Star State continually rise to meet the challenges associated with their profession, and this observance provides a fitting opportunity to recognize their hard work and dedication; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas Legislature hereby recognize May 7-13, 2017, as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and honor our state ’s correctional officers and employees for their vital contributions to their fellow citizens.

 

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RPD Director Madeline Ortiz retires

Retiring TDCJ rehabilitation programs division director Madeline Ortiz.
 
Madeline Ortiz
 

Madeline Ortiz retired from her position as director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Rehabilitation Programs Division (TDCJ - RPD), effective June 30, 2017. Ortiz served as TDCJ - RPD director since 2004.

Ortiz began her agency career in 1990 as an Administrative Technician III at the Mountain View/Gatesville Unit, where she worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Clinical Social Worker. During her tenure, she has served in various positions, to include Clinical Social Worker, unit warden, and assistant director of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. Ortiz oversaw the first Texas women's In-Prison Therapeutic Community and later spent six years with the National Institute of Corrections in Washington, D.C. as a Correctional Program Specialist. In March 2004, she returned to TDCJ when she was selected as the director of the Rehabilitation Programs Division.

Ortiz holds a bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland – College Park, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier lauded Ortiz's service with the agency, saying, "Madeline has developed and enhanced many offender treatment programs during her tenure, and her commitment and dedication to effective programming will have a long-lasting positive impact."

Asked to comment on her long and successful criminal justice career, Ortiz thanked the agency and added "This has been a wonderful journey."

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Name From To
Richard Babcock Assistant Warden,
W.F. Ramsey Unit
Senior Warden,
Joe Kegans Intermediate Sanction Facility
Kimberly Garza Assistant Warden,
Hutchins State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Joe F. Gurney
Transfer Facility
Blake Lamb Assistant Warden,
Allan B. Polunsky Unit
Assistant Warden,
J.W. Hamilton Unit
Kristi Pittman Major of Correctional Officers,
Huntsville Unit
Assistant Warden,
Hutchins State Jail
James Powers Assistant Warden,
Joe Kegans Intermediate
Sanction Facility
Assistant Warden,
W.F. Ramsey Unit
Freddy Wyatt Major of Correctional Officers,
Joe Ney State Jail
Assistant Warden,
Reynaldo V. Lopez
State Jail

 

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Service Awards

 

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Retirees

 

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