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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Kemp Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Bill Shehee, former TBCJ Chairman Carol S. Vance and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Bill Shehee of Kemp, Texas was presented the Carol S. Vance Volunteer of the Year Award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

"The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring," said Livingston. "The impact of their efforts will be felt across the state of Texas for many years to come."

"Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today," said Wainwright. "They see it as a responsibility and for that we're thankful."

A Dallas police officer of 31 years, Mr. Shehee now leads the medium custody faith community at the Beto Unit near Palestine. Active in Kairos, as well as the Care Program, he believes that everyone needs hope and that many offenders, especially those in medium custody, can lose that hope if they are not taught how to sustain and grow. His activity level is phenomenal and every program that he participates in promotes positive change in offender behavior through spiritual formation.

In 1999, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice named the Volunteer of the Year Award after Carol S. Vance, former TDCJ Chairman and Board Member, former TDCJ Programs Committee Chair and currently Chaplaincy volunteer (since 1996) at the Darrington and Jester Units. This award recognizes his many contributions in the development of rehabilitative programming offered to offenders to effect change.

Mr. Shehee 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. 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 FY2015, there were over 22,000 volunteers who provided a total of 262,442 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.