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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Fort Worth-Based Program 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, Cornerstone Assistance Network CEO Mike Doyle and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Reentry First-Stop of Tarrant County was presented the Reentry and Integration Division 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 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 Reentry First-Stop Center for Tarrant County is a project of Cornerstone Assistance Network in partnership with the Tarrant County Reentry Coalition. Now 24 months into the project, over 1,000 adults have been served with post-release services, including a broad array of social services, personalized reentry planning services by highly experienced "navigators" and 115 employers in the Tarrant County community who hire those coming home from incarceration. The First-Stop Center is fast becoming a model for the nation on how a community can truly be proactive on reintegrating former offenders into the community and into the work force.

Accepting the Governor's 2017 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award was Mike Doyle, CEO of Cornerstone Assistance Network.

Reentry First-Stop Center for Tarrant County 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 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.