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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Crawford Woman 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, Trae Kendrick and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Dr. Trae Kendrick of Crawford, Texas was presented the Susan Cranford Award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award is given to an individual who has shown a desire to improve criminal justice programs for females.

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."

Dr. Kendrick worked for almost 20 years in education administration and university teaching before answering the call to work in a new classroom: women's ministry inside TDCJ. She is the women's ministry director and missions coordinator with the First Baptist Church of Crawford, a Networking for Missions committee member with the Waco Regional Baptist Association and on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Hospitality House in Gatesville.

"A random Sunday drive past one of the prison units in Gatesville led to the work I knew God was calling me to behind the fences," said Dr. Kendrick. "Almost four years later and I still consider it pure joy to serve the women in white."

The Susan Cranford Award is named as a tribute to Susan Cranford who passed away in March 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a former Windham School District and TDCJ employee for over 28 years, many of them as the Warden at the Gatesville Unit. She also served as Assistant Director of the State Jail Division and the Director of the Private Facilities Division. Her innovative thinking and relentless desire to improve criminal justice programs for females gained her a well-deserved national reputation as an expert on women's issues in the field of corrections, from both staff and offender perspectives.

When not volunteering, Dr. Kendrick enjoys writing, crafting and traveling.

Dr. Kendrick 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 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.