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Juan Cruz
Facility Director
Juan Carlos Cruz

Edinburg Reentry Center

 TDCJ-Residential Reentry Center


Facility Classification: Adult 



Facility Capacity: 130 Beds  

     Juan C. Cruz   /   CSG Facility Director
     Maria Cardenas  /  Chief of Security

Mr. Cruz joined the United States Army in 1995 and upon his return home in 1997 he was hired as a security monitor for a contracted facility for the Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP). Mr. Cruz continued to serve in the Active Ready Army Reserve from 1995-2004. In 2004 he was promoted to Facility Director and assigned to the Mid-Valley House Residential Re-Entry Center. In this role Mr. Cruz oversees the day to day operations to include budget management, safety, security, ACA, PREA, offender grievance resolution, transportation, and food service operations. His work experience includes operational management and oversight of a co-ed halfway house, community corrections, and residential re-entry centers for both state and federal government agencies. He has worked with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a Quality Control Service and Compliance Manager in which he oversaw compliance for PREA/ACA and National Detention Standards for all detention centers. CSG hired Mr. Cruz in 2016 as the Facility Administrator to operate a co-ed facility for Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). He is an active board member with Angels of Love, as well as a member of the Texas Correctional Associations and American Correctional Association. The Edinburg Reentry Center (ETC) is currently ACA and PREA certified due to his leadership and efforts.  

Maria Cardenas graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology. She participated in an internship with MADD during her undergraduate years. She was offered employment as resident Monitor in 2011 at Mid-Valley House Residential Re-Entry Center, a contracted facility for the Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP). Shortly after her employment, she was offered a position of Substance Abuse Counselor Intern and later promoted to Case Manager. She continued to pursue her career goals and graduated with a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2014. In 2014, she was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Lopez/Segovia Complex located in Edinburg Texas. During her employment there she held three different positions. She began working as Inmate Records Clerk, promoted to Wardens Secretary and lastly as an Institutional Reentry Case manager. Ms. Cardenas began working with the Edinburg Transitional Center in 2017 as a resident Monitor. She continued to expand her security experience at ETC while employed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She has recently accepted the position of Chief of Security at the Edinburg Transitional Center. Ms. Cardenas brings vast knowledge in both BOP and TDCJ policies and procedures after having worked for both departments throughout her short career.

Maria Cardenas
Chief of Security
Maria Cardenas

Main: (956) 380-5073

Employment Inquiries:

Contact :  Kristy Garza


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