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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Austin Doctor Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Dr. Valerie Agee of Austin, Texas was presented the Health Services Division 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.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said O’Daniel.

“The efforts of these award recipients are unparalleled,” said Collier. “Every day they leave a profound and lasting impression on the lives of so many across the State of Texas.”

Dr. Agee, Director of Operations at the Center for Health Empowerment (CHE) offers educational services to inmate peer educators at the annual Peer Education Conferences in all six TDCJ regions which includes over 70 units. Infectious diseases is one of the educational components and addresses transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment and prevention that directly affects the personal health of the incarcerated population. Since 2016, Dr. Agee has focused on increasing inmate peer educator knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases and chronic illnesses. She has made a difference in the lives of many TDCJ inmates.

Dr. Agee is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders 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 while aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who provided a total of 394,214 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