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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Huntsville Woman Receives Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer 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, Shirley Miller and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – During ceremonies in Austin today, Shirley Miller of Huntsville, Texas accepted the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Substance Abuse Treatment Program” volunteer award.

The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston.

“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.”

On Monday nights, Ms. Miller oversees a substance abuse recovery group. She also teaches a Boundaries class on Thursday nights. The Boundaries class has a curriculum that assists the offender in developing pro-social skills of setting boundaries, as well as learning to respect the boundaries of other people. The class has 11 sessions with certificates for participation upon completion.

When not volunteering, Ms. Miller enjoys bird watching, baseball and spending time with friends from University Heights Baptist Church.

Ms. Miller is one of 16 individuals and 5 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are 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.