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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Grapevine Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Pam Randall of Grapevine, Texas was presented the TDCJ Restorative Justice 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. Randall is a tireless and generous volunteer who is dedicated to the success of inmates, both during their time of incarceration and after their release. A volunteer at the Bridgeport Correctional Center for the past seven years, she is quick to offer her time and creativity to bring an uplifting atmosphere for inmates, other volunteers and the unit staff. Before the pandemic, she taught Life Restoration, a class that applies biblical principles to real life situations. She organizes volunteer appreciation events, inmate graduation events, workshops and a Mother’s Day supper for inmates. She also invests her time and money to develop the Moses Project that teaches inmates to quilt and sew. They provide blankets, baby baskets and Teddy Bears to single mothers and pregnancy centers.

Mr. Randall 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 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 jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov.