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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Duncanville-Based Organization Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier, TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Jim Marvine (accepting on behalf of Bill Glass), Former TBCJ Chairman Carol S. Vance, and Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock.

(AUSTIN) – Bill Glass “Behind the Walls” of Duncanville, Texas was presented the Carol S. Vance Volunteer of the Year Award during the Governor’s 2018 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.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Bill Glass “Behind the Walls” has been facilitating crusades inside the Texas prison system since August 1977. Through the Bill Glass “Behind the Walls” crusades, many offenders have turned their lives around by hearing the testimony of famous entertainers and other speakers who have overcome adversity in their lives. In the last forty years, there have been 3,200 crusades held in the Texas prison system that have touched the lives of millions.

In 1999, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice named the Volunteer of the Year Award after Carol S. Vance, former TDCJ Chairman and Board Member, former TDCJ Programs Committee Chair and currently Chaplaincy volunteer (since 1996) at the Darrington and Jester Units. This award recognizes his many contributions in the development of rehabilitative programming offered to offenders to effect change.

Bill Glass “Behind the Walls” is one of 7 organizations and 14 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 FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.