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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Huntsville Man 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, William “Bill” Kleiber and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – William “Bill” Kleiber of Huntsville, Texas was presented the Restorative Justice 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.”

Mr. Kleiber succeeded the late Emmett Solomon in the Restorative Justice Ministry Network’s (RJMN) Welcome Back First Contact Family Ministry. Mr. Kleiber meets with offenders the day before they will be released on parole from the Huntsville Unit. He tells them what to expect the next day. He helps them find the easiest and quickest way to reach their destinations, answers parole questions and tells them how and where to cash their release check.

The day of an offender’s release, Mr. Kleiber and the RJMN Welcome Back team minister to the offender’s family’s needs while they wait for him. They provide supplies such as bottled water, small snacks and winter coats during colder temperatures. The volunteers also give the parolees directions to the Huntsville bus station and how to sign up for free aide in obtaining clothing, cell phones and other items necessary for a smooth transition back into society.

When not volunteering at the Huntsville Unit, Mr. Kleiber enjoys fishing and boating on nearby lakes.

Mr. Kleiber 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 and 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.