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2012 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Rosenberg Woman Receives Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

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(Austin) - Brenda Chaney of Rosenberg was presented the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of her support of programming designed to rehabilitate offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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. Chaney is one of 13 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

"Each of this year's award recipients personify a selfless dedication to helping offenders succeed both while incarcerated, and once they're released," said Livingston.

Chaney was the recipient of this year's "Criminal Justice Administrator" Award.

Brenda Chaney has served the state of Texas over 23 years retiring in late 2011. She began her career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in January 1987 and promoted through the ranks to senior warden. Chaney served as an assistant warden for four years, then a senior warden for 11 years. In 2008, Brenda was appointed to the Darrington Unit as senior warden. Since becoming the warden at Darrington, Brenda has positively affected the culture of the unit, affecting employee and offender morale; which in turn has affected behaviors. Brenda has a "hands on" style of leadership and is engaged in all aspects of the unit operations. She has proven herself to be a highly effective leader. In 2010, Brenda was approached with the idea of establishing the first Bible College in Texas at the Darrington unit. She immediately embraced the idea and has been an active supporter since its inception. The successes of the program would not have occurred without her leadership.

Chaney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1984. She and her husband, Jeff, are actively involved in the youth program at River Pointe Church. The Chaney's have two children and three grandchildren.

Chaney 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, approximately 18,000 volunteers make 163,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating over 526,000 hours of service.

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