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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program


The Texas Department of Criminal Justice places a significant focus on volunteer services realizing volunteers are an essential element in the rehabilitation and re-entry of inmates into the community. Volunteers assist in providing literacy and educational assistance, life skills, job skills, and parenting classes. Volunteers facilitate medical education and prevention training as well as arts and crafts programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, faith-based programming, and other programs determined by TDCJ to aid in the transition between confinement and society. The following areas provide volunteer services directly to inmates:

  • Rehabilitation Programs Division (Chaplaincy Department, Substance Use Treatment Program, and Sex Offender Program)
  • Reentry and Integration Division
  • Correctional Institutions Division
  • Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division
  • Parole Division
  • Victim Services Division
  • Health Services
  • Windham School District
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Volunteer Opportunities

The role of the volunteer within TDCJ is to provide guidance in specific activities and programs, promote personal growth and development, provide support and assistance to victims and inmates, and help facilitate re-entry into the community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you are encouraged to apply. Currently, new volunteer applicants needing to complete their initial training, are eligible to complete the TDCJ online volunteer training, in addition, in-person volunteer training sessions have resumed.

Completion of training is not a guarantee of approval; all applications include a criminal background check and are reviewed for eligibility according to the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must not have any pending criminal charges.
  • Must have been released from an adult prison for at least 18 months (except for the Brothers’ Keepers Program and Partners Program).
  • If you are on any type of adult supervision, you will be required to provide a letter from your supervising officer stating they are aware you are wishing to become a volunteer for the TDCJ.
  • Must be 18-months from the disposition date of any criminal charge (excluding traffic tickets).

The online Volunteer application is available below. If you have a specific question regarding eligibility, please contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026.

Additionally, the following helpful documents are available:

We would like to encourage volunteers to give their opinions to improving your experience and efforts in assisting the TDCJ in accomplishing our mission. Please feel free to fill out the on-line suggestions form or print a copy and mail it to the address listed on the bottom of the page.

Volunteer Programs or Services and Curriculum

Volunteer programs or services must have prior approval before implementation or presentation to the inmates. The attached program proposal form must be completed and submitted to the Rehabilitation Programs Division. Questions about the form, as well as the completed form, may be submitted electronically to program.proposal.form@tdcj.texas.gov.

Volunteer Training

New applicants must submit a Volunteer Application to be processed as a TDCJ volunteer.

Volunteers are required to retrain every two (2) years. On-line training has been developed to encourage and assist volunteers in meeting this requirement. For your convenience, online training has been made available for new volunteer applicants as well as currently approved volunteers who need to complete a two-year refresher course. In addition, in-person volunteer training is now available as well.

Please click on the link below to begin your training session, or to view the in-person training schedule. Contact Volunteer Services if you have any questions.

Mentoring

An online course to train volunteers to participate in the Chaplaincy Mentor Program is available. Only approved TDCJ volunteers will receive credit for this training. Those who successfully complete the course meet the requirements to serve as a volunteer mentor under the direction of a unit chaplain. To start the training, please click on the following link.

TDCJ Chaplaincy Mentor Training

The following document is available for download in both PDF and Word formats:

Volunteer Services Contact Information

Volunteer Services
If you have a specific question regarding your eligibility, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026.

Lisa Langley - Committee Coordinator
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-3026

Volunteer Coordination Committee

The Volunteer Coordination Committee (VCC) was established to coordinate programming among the various divisions to maximize the safe and successful use of volunteers. The Rehabilitation Programs Division together with the VCC provides oversight of volunteer activities within the various criminal justice settings.

TDCJ Rehabilitation Programs Division
Timothy Jones - Chairperson
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-3026

TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
Management Operations Support Operations
Eric Guerrero John Werner
861-B IH 45 North  
Huntsville, Texas 77320  
Phone: (936) 437-6318  

Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division (PFCMOD)
Michael Rutledge
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 300
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-7049

TDCJ Parole Division
Deanne Smith
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5778

TDCJ Victim Services Division
Julie Jesperson
8712 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 406-5920

TDCJ/Windham School District
Rebecca Gillen
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0040
Phone: (936) 291-5384


Reentry and Integration Division (RID)
Kristie Adams
4616 West Howard Lane, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78728
Phone: (512) 671-2467

TDCJ Human Resources Division
Lindsey Harding
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 600
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-4060