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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Jasper Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Deloris Traylor, Texas was presented the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Patrick O’Daniel and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during an online ceremony.

“These volunteers give their time and talents to help others throughout Texas,” said O’Daniel. “They selflessly serve because they feel a responsibility to help others.”

“These volunteers dedicate themselves daily to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “In the coming years, the scope of the precious time and effort that they invested will be evident across the State of Texas.”

Ms. Traylor is a laundry manager at the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville. Before the pandemic restrictions, she would encourage and challenge the inmates who attended church with a powerful message on the first and third Sunday of each month. She is a positive influence on the inmates because she works with them and knows how to relate to them. Her primary concern for the inmates is evident in the messages that she uses to challenge them to evaluate their lives. She helps them see the choices they need to make to keep from making bad decision again. During the pandemic, she has provided support to her co-workers, staff and supervisors by offering words of encouragement and prayer. Her own moral character and discipline serve as examples to the inmates to emulate.

Ms. Traylor is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2020, there were 19,589 volunteers who provided a total of 220,502 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at (936) 437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov.