James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Director of Public Information (919) 733-4926

August 25, 1999

NEW YORK — Karen Taylor George, victims services administrator for the North Carolina Department of Correction, recently received national recognition for providing exemplary services to victims of crime.

She was selected to receive the Joe Kegans Award for Victim Services in Probation and Parole during the American Probation and Parole Association's (APPA) 24th Annual Training Institute in held in New York Aug. 24.

The award is named in honor of the late Judge Joe Kegans, a founding member of the APPA's Victim Issues Committee, who devoted her career as a jurist to bettering the lives of all with whom she came into contact. The award honors an individual working in community corrections who has provided exemplary services to victims of crime.

"I am honored to receive this award bearing Joe Kegans' name when there are so many committed and outstanding advocates across the country," Taylor George said. "As with any change within Corrections, new services could not have been possible

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Karen Taylor George

without the commitment of many dedicated individuals and the backing of the Department of Correction. My personal commitment to the advocacy for victims' rights is constantly driven by the awesome courage and strength exhibited by the survivors I have been privileged to work with every day."

Correction Secretary Theodis Beck lauded Taylor George's selection for the award. "Ms. Taylor George is a trailblazer in the development of the Department of Correction's victim services programs," he said. "She is an exemplary example of an employee dedicated to the success and future growth of the Department's victim services programs. Her untiring work has helped the Department better serve crime victims and the community."

Taylor George began her career with the Department in 1996 when she was hired as the first victim service coordinator for the Parole Commission. During her tenure she secured grant funding and implemented a highly successful videoconferencing program for victims. In 1998, she was tapped to lead the newly established victim services section in the Department.

She is often called on to provide victim sensitivity training across the state, having presented to such groups as MADD, Parents of Murdered Children and the N.C. Victim Assistance Network.

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