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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Frisco 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, Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Martha “Marti” Martin and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Martha “Marti” Martin of Frisco, Texas was presented the Sex Offender Rehabilitation Program Award during the Governor’s 2015 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 during a ceremony held in Austin.

“We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

“Through their grace and their love, these volunteers touch the lives of many Texans,” said Bell. “They assist agency staff, and they help the offenders and their families have a chance for a better life - impacting generations to come.”

Ms. Martin suffered years of abuse as a child but in 1995 she experienced a change that delivered her from years of hopelessness. Since then she is better known for her humor and passion as she shares her spiritual walk by teaching and writing with those who have a desire to change their lives as sex offenders. She has plans to turn her prison presentation (“So Now What? Next Steps to Transformation”) into a workbook that sex offenders can use to further understand their actions, the consequences of those actions and to act as a source of encouragement to those who want to change. She believes that focusing her efforts on the offenders rather than their victims may begin to lessen the number of sexual abuse cases.

Ms. Martin is one of 16 individuals and 5 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They 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.

In FY2014, there were 21,492 volunteers who served a total of 427,345 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Robert C. Hurst, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at robert.hurst@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.