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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Dallas Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Back row: (l-r) TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Representative Tan Parker, Particia Crocker, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. Seated: Chad Wick, Yana Cobb, Bridgett Harris, and Michael Washington.

(AUSTIN) – Patricia Crocker of Dallas, Texas was presented the Health Services Division volunteer award during the Governor’s 2018 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.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

On September 1, 2015 the Radford Crocker Memorial Act (Texas House Bill 2189) went into effect to address the TDCJ Developmentally Disabled Offender Program (DDP). Over a two-year period The Radford and Patricia Crocker Foundation has donated over $480,000 to fund staff positions and provide equipment and supplies for the occupational therapy program at the Crain Valley Satellite for female offenders who are developmentally disabled. The program’s goal is to increase efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction with occupational performance and demonstrate increased participation in social life roles, interactions and behaviors. 

Ms. Crocker is one of 14 individuals and 7 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 FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

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