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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) Chairman Oliver Bell, Maxine Encalade-Young, former TBCJ Chairman Carol S. Vance, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – Maxine Encalade-Young was presented the Carol S. Vance Volunteer of the Year Award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston today during a ceremony held in Austin. Ms. Encalade-Young is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.

“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”

Over the past 24 years, Ms. Encalade-Young has volunteered in numerous capacities in TDCJ. She has lead 12 Step meetings at Mountain View, Henley and the Plane State Jail. She has been instrumental in increasing offender awareness of HIV/AIDS and chronic illnesses along with the importance of personal health which directly affects the general population. Her expertise has been invaluable in peer-led programs such as Wall Talk, Women to Women, Parenting, Best for Baby and Somebody Cares. She also coordinated and maintained Get Started Girl which assists women releasing from prison, as well as Project Start where she provided case management along with resources for care, secure housing, medications and transportation. Through her volunteerism services have expanded throughout TDCJ and contracted facilities. Her generosity extends beyond TDCJ to both men and women ex-offenders who are homeless, hungry or suffering from chronic illness. She works with the Houston adult parole offices providing “Welcome Home” groups which include family reunification, reconciliation, food, clothes, transportation and other resources available to offenders who have recently been released.

In 1999, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice named the Volunteer of the Year Award after Carol S. Vance, former TDCJ Chairman and Board Member, former TDCJ Programs Committee Chair and currently Chaplaincy volunteer (since 1996) at the Darrington and Jester Units. This award recognizes his many contributions in the development of rehabilitative programming offered to offenders to effect change.

Ms. Encalade-Young is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who, like her, 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, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark at – Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at