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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Holly Lake Ranch Man Receives Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Garry L., Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Garry L. of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas was presented the Substance Abuse Treatment Program volunteer 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 held 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.”

Garry L. has a long history of volunteerism with youth. He was a Harmony ISD school board member for 20 years and became a volunteer for the North East Texas Child Advocacy Center in 1999. His dedication to young people has inspired him to assist offenders with substance abuse issues to become better parents upon release. He has been volunteering at the Johnston Unit in Winnsboro since 2002. He teaches a parenting skills class for offender who will be released within months that includes topics such as understanding your parenting style, how to communicate from a distance with children and their caregivers, rebuilding trust, managing your child’s anger and positive discipline techniques. The program gives the offender the opportunity to rebuild and foster a good relationship with their children before release while helping them become a positive role model and exhibit strong moral character.

Garry L. is one of 14 individuals and 7 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are 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.