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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

McGhee receives TDCJ volunteer award

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

(Austin) - Abilene resident Terry McGhee received the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award for Substance Abuse Treatment today in recognition of his dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. McGhee 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.

McGhee has served as a volunteer at the Middleton Unit for more than 14 years. He facilitates the Winner’s Circle Program to help offenders with their recovery from addiction. Following a traffic accident, McGhee suffered five broken bones, followed by a year-long recovery process, temporarily halting his volunteer work. Following his recovery, unit staff and offenders alike were happy to see the return of his remarkable treatment program. According to his colleagues, McGhee, who battled drug and alcohol addition himself at one time, brings his unique skills to serve those wishing to help themselves on the road to recovery.

McGhee 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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