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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice places a significant focus on volunteer services realizing volunteers are an essential element in the rehabilitation and re-entry of offenders into the community. Volunteers assist in providing literacy and educational assistance, life skills, job skills, and parenting classes. Volunteers facilitate medical education and prevention training as well as arts and crafts programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, faith-based programming, and other programs determined by TDCJ to aid in the transition between confinement and society. The following areas provide volunteer services directly to offenders:

  • Rehabilitation Programs Division (Chaplaincy Department, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and Sex Offender Program)
  • Reentry and Integration Division
  • Correctional Institutions Division
  • Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division
  • Parole Division
  • Victim Services Division
  • Health Services
  • Windham School District
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Volunteer Opportunities

The role of the volunteer within TDCJ is to provide guidance in specific activities and programs, promote personal growth and development, provide support and assistance to victims and offenders, and help facilitate re-entry into the community.

YOU DO NOT NEED A LETTER TO ATTEND & THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE TRAINING.  YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE FACILITY TO HAVE YOUR NAME PLACED ON THE TRAINING ROSTER BEFORE ATTENDING THE TRAINING SESSION. Completion of training is not a guarantee of approval; all applications include a criminal background check and are reviewed for eligibility according to the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must not have any pending criminal charges.
  • Must have been released from an adult correctional facility for at least 18 months (except for the Brothers’ Keepers Program and Partners Program).
  • If you are on any type of adult supervision, you will be required to provide a letter from your supervising officer stating they are aware you are wishing to become a volunteer for the TDCJ.
  • Must be 18-months from the disposition date of any criminal charge (excluding traffic tickets).

If you have a specific question regarding your eligibility, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026. Volunteer applications, available below, will be provided at the training; however you may also choose to bring a completed application with you. (The online Volunteer Application is down for maintenance.)

If unable to attend a volunteer training session, you may either: 1) download the application, complete it electronically (on-screen), print, then send by fax or 2) download and print the application, complete it by hand, then send by postal mail. Both fax number and postal address are inside the forms below:

Additionally, the following helpful documents are available:

We would like to encourage volunteers to give their opinions to improving your experience and efforts in assisting the TDCJ in accomplishing our mission. Please feel free to fill out the on-line suggestions form or print a copy and mail it to the address listed on the bottom of the page.

Volunteer Programs/Services and Curriculum

Volunteer programs or services must have prior approval before implementation or presentation to the offenders. The attached program proposal form must be completed and submitted to the Rehabilitation Programs Division. Questions about the form, as well as the completed form, may be submitted electronically to

Volunteer Retraining

Volunteers are required to retrain every two (2) years. On-line training has been developed to encourage and assist volunteers in meeting this retraining requirement. Please click on the link below to begin your retraining session. Contact Volunteer Services if you have any questions.


An online course to train volunteers to participate in the Chaplaincy Mentor Program is available. Only approved TDCJ volunteers will receive credit for this training. Those who successfully complete the course meet the requirements to serve as a volunteer mentor under the direction of a unit chaplain. To start the training, please click on the following link.

TDCJ Chaplaincy Mentor Training

The following document is available for download in both PDF and Word formats:

Volunteer Services Contact Information

Volunteer Services
If you have a specific question regarding your eligibility, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026.

Lisa Langley
Volunteer Services, Director
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-3026

Volunteer Coordination Committee

The Volunteer Coordination Committee (VCC) was established to coordinate programming among the various divisions to maximize the safe and successful use of volunteers. The Rehabilitation Programs Division together with the VCC provides oversight of volunteer activities within the various criminal justice settings.

TDCJ Rehabilitation Programs Division
Lisa Langley - Chairperson
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-3026

TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
Billy Hirsch
861-B IH 45 North
Huntsville, Texas 77320
Phone: (936) 437-6318

Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division (PFCMOD)
Allison Dunbar
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 300
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-2808

TDCJ Parole Division
Michelle Davis
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5750

TDCJ Victim Services Division
Julie Jesperson
8712 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5920

TDCJ/Windham School District
Melinda Cobb
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0040
Phone: (936) 291-5357

Reentry and Integration Division (RID)
Monica Payne
4616 West Howard Lane, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78728
Phone: (512) 671-2134

TDCJ Human Resources Division
Vashunna Jefferson
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 600
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-3126