In previous eras prisons were only named after deceased TDCJ employees and state governors.
By the 2000s so many new prisons were being built that the TDCJ had to change its naming policy.
In 1848, the Texas Legislature passed "An Act to Establish a State Penitentiary", which created an oversight board to manage the treatment of convicts and administration of the penitentiaries.
Land was acquired in Huntsville and Rusk for later facilities. Dixon of The Prison Journal published a report on the Texas Prison System facilities.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is a department of the government of the U. The TDCJ operates the largest prison system in the United States.
The TDCJ is responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders, including managing offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities, funding and certain oversight of community supervision, and supervision of offenders released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision.
This new agency absorbed functions of three state agencies; the Texas Department of Corrections, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Texas Adult Probation Commission.
James Anthum "Andy" Collins, the executive director of the TDCJ from April 10, 1994 to circa December 1995, became a consultant for Vita Pro, a company selling a meat substitute that was used in Texas prisons.His article stated that the prisons were among the most "brutal" in the world.Dixon said that the prisons featured corporal punishment such as whipping, beatings, and isolation.Michelle Lyons, the TDCJ spokesperson, said "The actual reports we have are not consistent with the results in the survey.But because it's anonymous, there's no way for us to verify that additional number." In 2014 the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law released a report stating that the temperatures in many TDCJ units are too high over the summer and that at least 14 inmates had been killed by the heat since 2007.