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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Kentucky 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, Steve Gallagher of Pure Life Ministries, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Steve Gallagher of Dry Ridge, Kentucky was presented with the "Most Innovative Program" award for his "Pure Life" program 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. Gallagher is an author, speaker and teacher who has dedicated his life to helping those who struggle with sexual issues and addiction. He travels to Texas from his home in Kentucky for several weeks at a time to facilitate the "Pure Life" program at various TDCJ units. The first Huntsville Unit class had 65 offender graduates and 50 more signed up for the second class. Participating offenders have stated that the "Pure Life" program has helped them overcome issues that have been a lifelong struggle.

"Pure Life" 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 – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at