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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Pampa couple receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Pathfinder Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, JB and Bethel Walker, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r).

(Austin) - J.B. and Bethel Walker received the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of their dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. The Walkers are among 20 recipients from across Texas recognized for their efforts to help state 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.

The couple has volunteered their time at the Jordan Unit for approximately 17 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Walker serve in many different roles as volunteers at the unit, but more specifically they are dedicated in assisting in the Children’s Visitation Program. The Walkers provide crayons, coloring books and other items to entertain and minister to the young children at weekend visitation. Mr. Walker has completed a chaplaincy course at Amarillo College to enhance his volunteer skills and serves as a TDCJ Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant.

The Walkers are among thousands of concerned volunteers who 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.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, Director of Public Information, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov.