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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

East Texas Program Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Malachi Dads received the “Best Family Program” 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. Accepting the award for Malachi Dads were Diann and Jud Bailiff from Hideaway, Texas.

“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.”

Malachi Dads began at the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony with the Bailiffs leading a team of 11 volunteers. The program teaches inmate fathers how to develop relationships with their children. Many inmates’ family relations are strained through the separation of incarceration. But compounding the problem is the fact that many inmates never learned appropriate fathering skills from their own fathers. Malachi Dads seeks to break this dysfunctional cycle by teaching biblical fathering skills so that the inmates can raise their children to be strong productive citizens. A nine-month program begins with about 50 inmates and includes homework with memory verse assignments. It culminates with a “Day with Dad” for those who successfully complete the program.

Malachi Dads is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals 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 jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov.