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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Fredericksburg Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Jeremy Itz, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – Jeremy Itz was presented the award for Extensive Travel during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

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. Itz is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.

“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”

Itz lives in Fredericksburg and nowhere near a TDCJ facility so that makes most of his visits at least 300 miles round trip. He volunteers at the Lockhart, Connally, McConnell and Torres Units.

He enjoys volunteering and giving offenders hope while watching them change into someone with a passion for life.

Jeremy serves as a volunteer in several capacities including assisting with Adoration, Community, Theology, Service (ACTS) Retreats for the offenders. Whenever more volunteers are needed at a unit he works with the unit chaplains in their recruitment. Itz also meets with local Catholic churches and encourages their involvement in TDCJ volunteer activities. He also helps provide books, faith based materials and videos for the programs.

Itz is a master electrician in Fredericksburg. He has served in numerous capacities as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. He was involved in the start-up of two Christian radio stations in Kerrville and Fredericksburg. He enjoys fishing and hunting and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Monica have 5 children and 3 grandchildren whom he supports by attending their sports events.

Itz is one of thousands of concerned volunteers, who like him, 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, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov. For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.