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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Haggard receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Donna Haggard, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r).

(Austin) - New Braunfels resident Donna Haggard was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Employee Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of her dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Haggard is one of 20 recipients from across Texas recognized for their efforts to help state offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

“Each of this year’s award recipients personify a selfless dedication to helping offenders succeed both while incarcerated, and once they’re released,” said Livingston.

Haggard has served as a TDCJ parole and chaplaincy volunteer for over six years and is a former corrections and parole officer. Her former security career provides a unique insight to her teaching style. In Fiscal Year 2012, Haggard conducted over 90 practical skills classes lasting approximately two hours each. She provides an honest appraisal of each participant, assisting them in setting and achieving goals. Additionally, Haggard has served as a lecturer for events such as a Prison Fellowship’s monthly meeting, where she successfully incorporated ex-offenders as guest speakers. This allows the offenders to provide a first-hand opportunity for the audience to hear the needs and challenges they face.

Haggard is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who 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. Annually, approximately 18,000 volunteers make 163,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating over 526,000 hours of service.

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