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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Austin Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Andria Brannon, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Andria Brannon of Austin, Texas was presented the Pathfinder Award during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award is given to an individual or group that has demonstrated leadership qualities in their volunteer service and made significant contributions to the welfare of victims.  

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony in Austin.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Ms. Brannon is a violent crime victim who has taken her experience and found opportunities to assist the criminal justice system in attempting to lessen the secondary victimization that victims often experience at the hands of professionals within the organization. She has served on the Victim Impact Statement Revision Committee. At the state capitol she has spoken to legislators about victim issues and has testified before legislative committees. Most recently, she has allowed her victim impact statement to be videotaped for viewing during the Texas Victim Assistance Academy. She also makes an ‘in person’ appearance on the last day of the academy for participants to hear from her directly and ask questions about her experiences.

In FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.