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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Grapevine 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, Pam Randall of Life Restoration, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Pam Randall of Grapevine, Texas was presented the Susan Cranford Award during the Governor's 2017 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 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. Randall is a Certified Volunteer Chaplains' assistant at the Bridgeport Pre-Parole facility. She is the founder of "Life Restoration", which emphasizes important life skills that give female offenders the necessary tools to become honest, productive and law abiding citizens upon their release. She also started the "Moses Project" which provides "safe sleep bassinets" for newborns. The bassinets are assembled by the offenders and distributed by the chaplain and the Moses Project volunteers. Through this program and the assembling of the bassinets, Ms. Randall and her team of volunteers are able to teach offenders the skill of sewing by hand, embroidery, proper ironing skills, fabric measuring and other skills.

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.

Ms. Randall 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.