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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Huntsville Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Janis Murray of Huntsville, 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.

“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.”

Ms. Murray has more than 29 years of service with the agency and has been a volunteer for more than eight years. The past two years she has been a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant (CVCA) at the Ellis Unit and the Huntsville Unit. She participates in the Bridges to Life and the Overcomers programs. She began her TDCJ career in Communications where she was a supervisor for more than 12 years. In October 1995, she became the first female to work in the Community Education Program and travelled across Texas teaching in various schools. In 2000, she became a Correctional Officer and retired in October 2020. She is now a part-time Correctional Officer at the Holliday Transfer Facility in Huntsville.

Ms. Murray 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 FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who served a total of 394,214 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at (936) 437-6052 or by e-mail at