Monday, September 30, 2013

Monitoring Gangs in Texas Prisons and Beyond

Illustration of gang members behind bars.

Emil Garza, the head of the Security Threat Group Management Office at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, will discuss gangs in Texas state prisons as part of a special presentation on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the CJ Courtroom.

Garza’s office is responsible for the safety and security of staff and offenders in the department’s 111 units housing more than 150,000 offenders. Through intelligence and analysis, the Unit provides oversight, training, and technical support to unit level staff on gang-related issues. The group also works closely with the TDCJ Fusion Center and law enforcement agencies to share information on gangs in and outside correctional facilities.

Photo of grafetti beyond a fence.Garza has served in TDCJ since 1994 and provides training to criminal Justice professionals at the local, state and federal levels and advises law enforcement agencies on emerging trends. He also provides anti-gang presentations to public and private schools, and briefings on gangs to the Texas Legislature as well as out-of-state and international law enforcement agencies. Finally, he testifies as an expert witness in criminal courts on gang-related matters. . . . Read more . . .

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