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Mr. Doug Dretke

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Employment History


  • MPA
    TX A&M
  • BS , Criminology
    Sam Houston State University
  • master's degree , public administration with a concentration in criminal justice
    Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
  • bachelor's degree , Criminology and Corrections
    Sam Houston State University
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Web References | Austin | State News, 10 April 2002 [cached]
Doug Dretke, deputy director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's institutional division, said problems identified in the review are being addressed, including steps to "enhance our identification process."
After luring Sgt.
Dretke said Tuesday that, based on the review, "we are adding a very specific procedure to help ensure positive identification."Correctional officers at checkpoints, he said, will be required to physically examine identification cards, and the person seeking to pass will be required to remove hats and sunglasses "to facilitate the identification process."
Dretke said that a work group was looking at how vehicle keys could be kept out of the hands of inmates, perhaps by prohibiting prison staff from carrying personal vehicle keys beyond the central control checkpoint.
Prison officials said that no decision had been made as to whether correctional officers involved in the incident would face disciplinary action.
"In our craft shops, we have a very specific policy that when offenders exit, they will be fully and thoroughly strip-searched," Dretke said."And obviously that didn't occur."
The review also took issue with Hurt's decision to conduct the search for contraband with Roland present, "not standard practice."It cited a training document that states: "Officers should not allow themselves to be 'deceived' by an offender in a search situation by allowing the offender to distract them."
The investigation found evidence that Roland's escape was not a spur-of-the-moment act.
NLECTC - News Summary, 16 May 2002 [cached]
More and more officers are now carrying radios, while Doug Dretke of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's institutional division says a lot of officers now wear stab-resistant vests and are given canisters of pepper spray with which to protect themselves.He adds that all these measures have led to a major reduction in attacks on prison staff.
College of Criminal Justice, 4 June 2011 [cached]
Doug Dretke College of Criminal Justice
Doug Dretke Executive Director
Douglas Dretke, executive director for the Criminal Justice Center's Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), brings a special insight to the position he officially took over July, 2006.
The 26-year veteran of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and SHSU alumnus has first-hand knowledge of the agency, one with which CMIT works closely, as well as a knowledge of the clientele's perspective on the kind of resources CMIT provides.
During his tenure with TDCJ, Dretke built strong working relationships with those state and national leaders. His life-long field experience gives him insight on the issues and challenges corrections leaders are facing today.
Dretke rose from the bottom of the ranks at TDCJ, starting out as a correctional officer for a year before moving up to assistant warden at both the Eastham and Hughes Units to senior warden at the Holliday and Pack Units and eventually to director for the Correctional Institutions division.
Dretke earned his bachelor's degree from SHSU in criminology and corrections in 1980 and his Master of Public Administration with a criminal justice concentration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2001. Over the years he has become a highly regarded presenter/facilitator, delivering a number of speeches nationwide on various criminal justice-related issues.
College of Criminal Justice, 4 June 2011 [cached]
Doug Dretke Executive Director Angela Semar Adminstrative Assistant
Texas Corrections Association: Newsroom, 3 Sept 2009 [cached]
TCA Member Highlight: Doug Dretke
Doug Dretke obtained a BS in Criminology from Sam Houston State University and a MPA from TX A&M, Corpus Christi. Beginning as a correctional officer in 1980, Doug Dretke promoted through the ranks of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice holding positions to include Assistant Warden, Warden, Regional Director, Deputy Director and Director, Correctional Institutions Division in 2003, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. As Director for the Correctional Institutions Division, Doug provided leadership and direction to a staff of over 25,000 employees in 106 facilities. During his tenure as Director he made many significant contributions to include the successful reorganization and merger of the State Jail and Institutional Division into the Correctional institutions Division. In July 2006, he assumed the position of Executive Director, Correctional Management Institute of Texas, a position he currently holds. During his distinguished career, he has worked diligently to increase and improve the training opportunities provided to Texas criminal justice agencies and has enhanced the partnerships among agencies and the university. He also has delivered numerous presentations and technical assistance in conjunction with various entities including the National Institute of Corrections, American Correctional Association, and LBJ School of Public Affairs. Mr. Dretke has contributed to the field of corrections in many capacities during his career, including serving as President, Texas Corrections Association in 2004-2005. In consideration for the Dr. George J. Beto Hall of Honor, Doug should also be recognized for his significant contributions in revitalizing the Texas Corrections Association organization and membership. During his leadership as President-elect, President and Immediate Past President, membership expanded from 165 to approximately 580 individual members. Conference attendance also increased by 60%, from approximately 125 to well over 300 attendees, a measure that has been sustained for the past several years. His leadership, vision and energy significantly contributed to rebuilding the organization and he helped to lay the foundation for a new and stronger Texas Corrections Association.
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