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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

League City Based-Program Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – The Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI)/School of Nursing (SON) in League City, Texas was presented the Health Services Division award during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today. The award was accepted by Dr. Jaquelyn Svoboda.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Patrick O’Daniel and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

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

“The efforts of these award recipients are unparalleled,” said Collier. “Every day they leave a profound and lasting impression on the lives of so many across the State of Texas.”

The Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI)/School of Nursing (SON) is a collaborative, innovative, serving-learning project created by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Nursing faculty members and leadership teams from TDCJ and UTMB Correctional Managed Health Care. This project supports the mission of BAMBI to improve maternal bonding while impressing on nursing students the importance of advocacy for vulnerable populations. The goal is to improve the inmate mother’s knowledge of prenatal health and infant care. Educational sessions occur at the Carole Young Unit for all pregnant inmates on best practices to improve prenatal health, safe birth, infant care and nutrition, including breastfeeding. Inmate mothers enrolled in BAMBI are paired with nursing students from UTMB-Galveston who stay with them during labor, delivery and postpartum. The knowledge and support gained through this program positively impacts our communities.

BAMBI/SON is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders 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 while aiding and comforting their victims.  

In FY2020, there were 19,589 volunteers who provided a total of 220,502 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