2021 News Releases

Kansas Department of Corrections staffer recognized for service to crime victims

Release Date: Apr 14, 2021

TOPEKA – (April 14, 2021) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today recognized Molly Turner of the Kansas Department of Corrections, for her outstanding service to crime victims.

In a video presentation as part of this year’s virtual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, Schmidt announced that Turner was the recipient of the Outstanding System-Based Advocate Award.

As a member of the Kansas Department of Corrections Office of Victim’s Services, Turner has been working with victims for over 20 years. Throughout her tenure, Turner has remained focused on the needs of victims, in fact, she is often the first person that victims speak with in this department. Turner’s co-workers describe, “She is a dedicated, kind, and caring advocate who has a tremendous amount of personal and professional integrity”.

Turner describes being very proud of her family. She and her husband, Tony, are parents to two daughters, a son and are grandparents to a 12-year-old grandson. Turner also credits the many victims she has served for her success. She says, “I give credit to the victims I have worked with that contributed to this recognition. They have made me who I am today… listening to each story and teaching me more about life then I could have ever taught them.”

The annual recognition of those who provide outstanding service to victims of crime is taking place during the 23rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, hosted this week by the governor and attorney general. This conference is being held virtually for the first time and comes ahead of next week’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The video highlighting all of this year’s award recipients is available at https://youtu.be/vvtQNvOIOyE

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