The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) oversees offenders in state penitentiaries, state prisons, and private restorative offices that agreement with TDCJ. The office likewise gives financing and oversight of network supervision and is answerable for the supervision of offenders discharged from jail on parole or obligatory supervision.
The Department of Criminal Justice appeared in 1848 when "A Demonstration to Build up a State Prison" was passed by the second Texas Council. The demonstration set up an administering body of the prison as a three-part directorate, designated by the representative, with the endorsement of the senate. The board was answerable for making and appropriating a lot of rules and ordinances for the organization of the prison, regulating the treatment of convicts, setting up a yearly stock of property, and making a yearly report to the senator.