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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Amarillo Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

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

(AUSTIN) – Tom Foran of Amarillo, Texas was presented the Correctional Institutions Division 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 their 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. Foran is on the staff of First Baptist Church in Amarillo and began volunteering in 2009 at the Clements Unit where ministers weekly to the offenders. He has recruited teams of volunteers who facilitate classes and programs for offenders at the unit, as well as his one-to-one ministry to offenders in high security, the infirmary and the Program for Aggressive Mentally Ill Offenders.

Mr. Foran 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.