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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Colorado City Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

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

(AUSTIN) – Royce Clay of Colorado City, Texas was presented the Chaplaincy Department 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.”

Mr. Clay has volunteered for the Chaplaincy Department at the Wallace Unit and the Ware Transfer Facility for almost 20 years. A Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant on both units, he has recorded over 2,350 visits totaling over 3,428 hours of volunteerism. Mr. Clay is a retired minister who has been effective as a dorm pastor, class facilitator, personal counselor and mentor to the offenders. He is also a facilitator in the Faith-Based Dorm and serves in the rotation at the Ware Unit Sunday morning Christian Non-Catholic worship services.

Mr. Clay is one of 14 individuals and 7 organizations 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.