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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Conroe Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Teresa “Teri” Darby, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – Teresa “Teri” Darby was presented the Pathfinder Award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award 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 Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony in Austin. Teri 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.”

Teri was the recipient of the Victim Services Division’s “Pathfinder Award” which 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.

For the past eight years, Teri has spoken to offenders who participate in the prison treatment programs as well as the Parole District Resource Centers. She has shared her and her family’s story of sexual abuse and victimization with hundreds of offenders and criminal justice professionals as a Victim Impact Panel speaker for the Victim Services Division.

As a result of her presentations there has been a positive impact on audience members because it has shown them the devastating long-term effects of violent crimes. Teri’s personal testimony has compelled many offenders to reflect on the impact their actions have had on their victims. She believes that if sharing her story with offenders will prevent someone else from being victimized then it is worth everything she has given.

Teri Darby and her husband David have 4 children and 10 grandchildren and are very active in community organizations and events in Conroe.

Teri 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, 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 by e-mail 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, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.