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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Dallas man receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, James Reed, Former TBCJ Chairman Carol Vance and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r).

(Austin) - James Reed of the Dallas Leadership Foundation was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of his 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. Reed 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.

Reed, who has volunteered with TDCJ for 18 years, has also served on the Dallas Reentry Program, the Dallas Urban League and the Fellowship of Residential Ministry (FORM). He also has received the Good Samaritan Award from the Dallas Baptist Association, the Barnabas Award from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Urban League Award for Outstanding Service.

Reed 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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