Rehabilitation Programs Division
Volunteer Services Program
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice places a significant focus on volunteer services realizing volunteers are an essential element in the rehabilitation and re-entry of offenders into the community. Volunteers assist in providing literacy and educational programs, life skills training, job skills training, parent-training, medical issues and prevention training, arts and crafts programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, faith-based programming, and other programs determined by TDCJ to aid in the transition between confinement and society and to reduce incidence of recidivism. The following is a list of TDCJ Divisions that provide volunteer services:
- Rehabilitation Programs Division (Chaplaincy Department, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and Sex Offender Program)
- Correctional Institutions Division
- Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division
- Parole Division
- Victim Services Division
- Windham School District
17th Annual Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony
Volunteer Award Nomination Application for Fiscal Year 2014 - PDF
The role of the volunteer within TDCJ is to provide guidance in specific activities and programs, promote personal growth and development, provide support and assistance to victims and offenders, and help facilitate re-entry into the community. If you are interested in becoming an approved volunteer within TDCJ, you are encouraged to attend a 4-hour volunteer training session at one of the following facilities:
YOU DO NOT NEED A LETTER TO ATTEND & THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE TRAINING. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE FACILITY TO HAVE YOUR NAME PLACED ON THE TRAINING ROSTER BEFORE ATTENDING THE TRAINING SESSION. Completion of training is not a guarantee of approval; all applications include a criminal background check and are reviewed for eligibility according to the following criteria:
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Must not have any pending criminal charges.
- Must have been released from an adult correctional facility for at least 18 months.
- If you are on any type of adult supervision, you will be required to provide a letter from your supervising officer stating they are aware you are wishing to become a volunteer for the TDCJ.
- Must be 18-months from the disposition date of any criminal charge (excluding traffic tickets).
If you have a specific question regarding your eligibility, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026. Volunteer applications, available below, will be provided at the training; however you may also choose to bring a completed application with you. (The online Volunteer Application is down for maintenance.)
If unable to attend a volunteer training session, you may either: 1) download the application, complete it electronically (on-screen), print, then send by fax or 2) download and print the application, complete it by hand, then send by postal mail. Both fax number and postal address are inside the forms below:
Additionally, the following helpful documents are available:
We would like to encourage volunteers to give their opinions to improving your experience and efforts in assisting the TDCJ
in accomplishing our mission. Please feel free to fill out the on-line suggestions form or print a copy and mail it to
the address listed on the bottom of the page.
Volunteer Programs/Services and Curriculum
Volunteer programs or services must have prior approval before implementation or presentation to the offenders. The attached program proposal form must be completed and submitted to the Rehabilitation Programs Division. Questions about the form, as well as the completed form, may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Awards
To nominate someone for the Governor's Award, complete the nomination application below. The TDCJ Volunteer Coordination Committee will finalize selections of all nominated categories and recipients based on established criteria.
Volunteers are required to retrain every two (2) years. On-line training has been developed to encourage and assist volunteers in meeting this retraining requirement. Please click on the link below to begin your retraining session. Contact Volunteer Services if you have any questions.
An online course to train volunteers to participate in the Chaplaincy Mentor Program is available. Only approved TDCJ volunteers will receive credit for this training. Those who successfully complete the course meet the requirements to serve as a volunteer mentor under the direction of a unit chaplain. To start the training, please click on the following link.
TDCJ Chaplaincy Mentor Training
The following document is available for download in both PDF and Word formats:
Volunteer Coordination Committee
The Volunteer Coordination Committee (VCC) was established to coordinate programming among the various divisions to maximize the safe and successful use of volunteers. The Rehabilitation Programs Division together with the VCC provides oversight of volunteer activities within the various criminal justice settings.
Volunteer Coordinator Contact Information
TDCJ Rehabilitation Programs Division
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 472
Huntsville, TX 77340
TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division
861-B IH 45 North
Huntsville, Texas 77320
Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division (PFCMOD)
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 300
Huntsville, TX 77340
TDCJ Parole Division
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78757
TDCJ Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757
TDCJ/Windham School District
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0040
Reentry and Integration Division (RID)
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 650
Huntsville, Texas 77340