What Does the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Do?


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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provides confinement, supervision, rehabilitation and reintegration of convicted felons in the state of Texas. The TDCJ operates the largest prison system in the United States.

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is responsible for enforcing criminal justice for adult offenders in the state of Texas. This includes managing state offenders in the federal prisons, private correctional facilities and state jails. It also involves funding and oversight of community supervision and supervision of offenders released from prison on parole.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has three main divisions, namely the correctional institutions division, the parole division and the community justice assistance division. The correctional institutions division operates secure prisons and correctional facilities for adults who have convictions for first, second and third degree felony offenses and for capital offenses.

The parole division is responsible for the supervision of prisoners who are released on parole, inmates in the pre-parole transfer program and inmates in the work program. This division also investigates proposed parole plans from inmates, tracks cases that are eligible for parole and submits qualifying cases to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The task of the Community Justice Assistance Division supervises adults on probation.

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