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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Lorena Woman Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Kim Jackson, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Kim Jackson of Lorena, Texas was presented the Susan Cranford Award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award is given to an individual or organization that has shown a desire to improve criminal justice programs for females.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier at a ceremony in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Ms. Jackson serves the Lane Murray Unit in many ways. As part of Discipleship Unlimited, she provides programming to the faith-based dorm and also meets with female particpants of the Corrective Intervention Pre-Release Program (CIPP) which serves the Administrative Segregation population. She was instrumental in bringing a family restoration program into the faith-based dorm. The program offers significant healing to offenders whose family ties were broken. She helps the offenders understand how to reach out to their children and begin to rebuild their relationships through communication. Her time with CIPP weekly in the Administrative Segregation area each week involves speaking and praying with offenders soon to be released. Her commitment to the offenders and TDCJ is why she was selected.

The Susan Cranford Award is named as a tribute to Susan Cranford who passed away in March 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a former Windham School District and TDCJ employee for over 28 years, many of them as the Warden at the Gatesville Unit. She also served as Assistant Director of the State Jail Division and the Director of the Private Facilities Division. Her innovative thinking and relentless desire to improve criminal justice programs for females gained her a well-deserved national reputation as an expert on women’s issues in the field of corrections, from both staff and offender perspectives.

Ms. Jackson is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They 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.

In FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.