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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Portland Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Lana Norris of Portland, Texas was presented the Pathfinder Award from the Victim Services Division during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today.

The award is given to an individual or group that has demonstrated leadership qualities in their volunteer service and made significant contributions to the welfare of victims. 

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

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

In 1993, Ms. Norris’ beloved son Clay Peterson was tragically murdered. Since that time, she has accepted numerous invitations to speak about her victimization and the ripple effect it has had on her life, her family, the community and the lives of other victims and their families. Her concern for victims and parolees touches the hearts and minds of all who come in contact with her. She communicates in a manner that allows the inmate to dialogue which often leads to them being remorseful and taking account for their actions which they may never have done before. Ms. Norris has served as a panelist for the TDCJ’s Victim Impact Panel program with the TDCJ Victim Services Division since 2013.

Ms. Norris 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 FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who served a total of 394,214 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at (936) 437-6052 or by e-mail at