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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Alcoholics Anonymous Group Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright; Keynote Speaker Judge Sharon Keller; members of SETA 67 CFC Richard Dunham, Roy England, and Chris Dyke; and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – The Southeast Texas Area Correction Facilities Committee (SETA CFC), an Alcoholics Anonymous group, was presented the Community Service 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.

The Southeast Texas Area Correction Facilities Committee currently provides Alcoholics Anonymous substance abuse programming to 25 units in its area. SETA CFC also has strong supporters providing AA Big Books and literature, as well as raising $46,000 for literature to hand out to TDCJ offenders. Alcoholics Anonymous also offers a program called "Bridging the Gap" which assists released offenders in getting to their first AA meeting while helping them re-integrate to everyday life on the outside and by providing them a sponsor. While incarcerated, the offender can participate in AA support through a sponsored pen pal. AA has been in the Texas prison system since the 1950s.

The Southeast Texas Area Correction Facilities Committee (SETA CFC) is one of 9 organizations and 12 individuals 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.