Tuesday, February 22, 2011
TDCJ cuts Project Rio program as of March 15th
Agency Project Rio employees have been notified that they will no longer be employed in their present capacity after state budget cuts have eliminated their jobs. Those staff members will have until March 15th to either find another position within the agency, or go elsewhere.
Project RIO is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission in collaboration with Local Workforce Development Boards, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Windham School District and The Texas Youth Commission (TYC). The project provides a link between education, training and employment during incarceration with employment, training and education after release.
The program is designed to reduce recidivism through employment. Numerous studies have shown reduced recidivism rates for employed ex-offenders. Even when one takes into account other factors such as age, risk score, race/ethnicity and type of previous offense, post-release employment reduced rearrests and reincarcerations.
In an inter-agency email, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston announced the cuts, and also mentioned the deletion of 400 TDCJ employee positions on the horizon.