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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Royse City Man 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, CVCA Roger Daniel, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Roger Daniel of Royse City, Texas was presented the award for Extensive Travel 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. 

Mr. Daniel is a Certified Volunteer Chaplains' Assistant at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston and has traveled more than 17,000 miles during 2016 fiscal year. Each week he volunteers as the lead coordinator for the Kingdom Brawlers evangelical outreach program. He has also been involved with establishing Celebrate Recovery and assists with the weekend Protestant worship services whenever asked. He epitomizes dedication regardless of the time or distance it takes to be a critical asset to the program at the Polunsky Unit.

Mr. Daniel 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 and 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 – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at