Friday, May 20, 2011
Embattled Region III Major terminated after lengthy internal investigation
By Max Rodriguez, Backgate Website
After almost a year of investigation, Region III Stringfellow Major Julia Humphrey was terminated after an internal OIG investigation proved wrongdoing. OIG records are being sought by the Backgate Website that will explain the actual charges that were proven against Humphrey.
Humphrey was removed from the Stringfellow unit after reports were launched by unit employees who allegedly witnessed violations of TDCJ policy as well as Texas law. Dozens of employee emails were sent to the Backgate Website regarding the misconduct which was alleged to have been ignored at the unit level. Those emails were then forwarded to TDCJ OIG. Two Stringfellow offenders who are said to have been retaliated against by Humphrey for also reporting the allegations were removed from the unit and sent to other prison units during the investigation. OIG investigators poured over evidence and followed up leads on the case for months. Some of which lead them to other parts of the state, and went back as far as five years.
Humphrey, who is the wife of TDCJ parole director Billy Humphrey, had been reassigned to the Region III office during the investigation still drawing her annual Major of Correctional Officers pay of $45,973.68. There she is said to have assisted in routine administrative duties. When we get the official charges that lead to the termination, we will update this story.