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Warden Charles Bell, second from left, received the Criminal Justice Administrator Award at the Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Services Ceremony in April. Bell, currently senior warden at the Eastham Unit, was recognized for his dedication to rehabilitating incarcerated offenders through chaplaincy, education and substance abuse programs. Presenting the award to Warden Bell are (l-r) Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Texas Board of Criminal Justice Vice-Chairman Tom Mechler.
The 18th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards ceremony was held in Austin and honored 20 volunteers and volunteer-lead programs that have made an outstanding contribution to the mission of TDCJ. A complete list of volunteer award recipients can be seen here.
|Richard Alford||Senior Warden, Polunsky Unit||Correctional Institutions Division Region I Director|
|Larry Berger||Assistant Warden, William R. Boyd Unit||Assistant Warden, Mark W. Michael Unit|
|Jimmy Bowman||Major of Correctional Officers, Mark W. Michael Unit||Assistant Warden, William R. Boyd Unit|
|Wayne Brewer||Assistant Warden, Gib Lewis Unit||Assistant Warden, W.J. "Jim" Estelle Unit|
|Stephen D. Bryant||Major of Correctional Officers, Gib Lewis Unit||Assistant Warden, Gib Lewis Unit|
|Billy J. Reeves||Major of Correctional Officers, O.B. Ellis Unit||Assistant Warden, Eastham Unit|
Since 1984, the first full week of May has been recognized as National Correctional Officers' Week. During this time, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) will conduct employee appreciation and memorial events to honor and thank corrections professionals for their public service.
Proclaiming the first week of May as National Correctional Officers Week, President Ronald Reagan clearly stated the reason for the period of appreciation and respect, saying, "No group of Americans has a more difficult or less publicly visible job than the brave men and women who work in our correctional facilities. The general public should fully appreciate correctional officials' capable handling of the physical and emotional demands made upon them daily. Their profession requires careful and constant vigilance, and the threat of violence is always present."
TDCJ will hold a Fallen Officers' Memorial Ceremony to honor the dedicated professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty and to serve as a reminder of the professionalism and dedication of all corrections staff. Executive Director Brad Livingston is scheduled to speak at the event, to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville.
For a current schedule of TDCJ's National Officers' Week events, click on the Correctional Institutions Division (CID) regional links below.
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