The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the state agency responsible for managing state prisons and jails and the oversight of more than 150,000 offenders. The agency also supervises offenders released from prison on parole.
The board is composed of nine members who are appointed by the governor to staggered, six-year terms. The governor also designates one member as the board's chairman. The State Counsel for Offenders Division, Internal Audit Division, the Office of the Inspector General and the Windham School District report directly to the board.
Day-to-day operations at the agency are managed by an executive director, who oversees more than 30,000 employees. The department has three major divisions: correctional institutions, parole and community justice assistance.