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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Austin Woman Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Keynote Speaker Judge Sharon Keller, Anne Marie Ray and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Annie Marie Ray of Austin, Texas was presented the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division volunteer award during the Governor's 2017 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

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

"It takes a special kind of person to give of their time and expect no material reward," said Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "The contributions these volunteers make are invaluable and have a lasting impact on the public safety of our fellow Texans."

"By giving of their time and their gifts as volunteers, these award recipients are helping build a better community not only for themselves but for everyone whose lives they touch," said Wainwright.

Ms. Ray has been a valuable asset to the Lockhart Correctional Facility where she has volunteered twice a week since 2014. She supports, encourages and guides the offenders in a way that shows integrity and character. Her biblical teachings deal with issues of anger, loss, grief, forgiveness and moral values. She then helps the offenders use what they have learned to provide healing and better lives for themselves and their families while making them stronger to succeed upon release. She has provided a safe haven for offenders to ask questions and to talk to her about their personal concerns, as well. Ms. Ray is an advocate for the success of her students and an inspiration to many.

Ms. Ray is one of 12 individuals and 9 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 FY2016, there were over 24,500 volunteers who provided a total of 390,711 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.