Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston Wins Award as Outstanding Corrections Director in the Nation
On September 26, 2015, the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) honored Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), as the 2015 Outstanding Director of Corrections by presenting him with the Michael Francke Award.
Established in 1992, the Michael Francke Award recognizes an outstanding ASCA member’s dedication to corrections. The award celebrates Michael Francke’s career of exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the corrections profession and his support of ASCA. On January 17, 1989, Michael Francke, then Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was murdered as he left his office in Salem. In the summer of 1991, a former Oregon inmate was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Morris Thigpen, chair of the Francke Committee and the first person to win the Award, presented the Award to Director Livingston, noting many of his accomplishments and contributions to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC) and ASCA
A champion of corrections employees, he has actively worked with the Governor and the legislature to significantly enhance correctional officer and parole officer salaries. During his tenure, entry-level correctional officer salaries have increased by 57% and maximum Correctional Officer salaries have increased over 38%. He has established a number of successful training and leadership development programs. He is currently increasing mental health and crisis intervention training for correctional officers. Committed to safety and security of employees, he is implementing stronger policies for contraband interdiction, video surveillance systems, parcel scanners and broader use magnetometers. Based on these achievements and many others, the Texas Public Employees Association presented him with the Agency Administrator of the Year award four times (2007, 2009, 2013, and 2015) for his effective leadership.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott praised his dedication to TDCJ’s mission. His accomplishments are significant. His expansion of agency treatment and diversion programs has resulted in closing three TDCJ facilities, thereby saving taxpayers millions of dollars. He has led efforts to improve TDCJ’s Reentry and Integration Division has implemented the Texas Risk Assessment System for probation, prisons, reentry, and parole. Since 2006, TDCJ’s administrative segregation populations have decreased by more than 40 percent. TDCJ has enhanced parole supervision through evidence-based supervision policies of global positioning satellite equipment to monitor higher-risk offenders.
Committed to adequate mental health services, he obtained new funding for the expansion of TDCJ mental health services.. Legislation was enacted to identify offenders with mental illness at their initial point of intake at the jail. They also ensure the overall continuity of care system for offenders with special needs. This year his efforts led to expansion of jail diversion efforts to reduce the flow of chronically mentally ill offenders flowing into the prison system.
He joined TDCJ in October of 1997 as the Deputy Director of the Financial Services Division. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2001 and assumed broad responsibility for the agency’s day-to-day business, fiscal, and administrative operations. Brad continued as the agency’s CFO while serving as the Interim Executive Director for nine months.through a regimen of training and professional development programs.
He has served as Executive Director of the TDCJ since November 1, 2004. In this role, he oversees the operations of one of the largest governmental entities of its kind, with approximately 38,000 employees statewide. TDCJ has oversight responsibilities that include state correctional facilities, parole, and probation. He is accountable for an annual budget of more than $3 billion.
The Association of State Correctional Administrators is a national organization representing the Directors of Corrections for the 50 States, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and five large urban jail systems. Members also include the Administrator of Corrections in Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. The Association’s major goals are to influence and shape correctional policy, identify and serve as a clearinghouse of proven correctional practices, standards, and performance measures to ensure the furtherance of successful state-of-the-art activities; and to support its membership.