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2012 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Gatesville Man Receives Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

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(Austin) - Lawrence Alwin of Gatesville was presented the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of his dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston today during a ceremony held in Austin. Alwin is one of 13 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

"Each of this year's award recipients personify a selfless dedication to helping offenders succeed both while incarcerated, and once they're released," said Livingston.

Alwin was the recipient of the "Leonard Davis" Award. In 2010, in honor of his dedicated service to others, this award was renamed in recognition of Leonard Davis, who passed away in October 2009. On numerous occasions, in 2005, 2007, 2008, and posthumously in 2010, Mr. Davis was the honored recipient of this award for greatest number of hours served. Mr. Davis was a volunteer for the TDCJ, started ministering to offenders at the LeBlanc and Stiles units in Beaumont, Texas.

Dedication is the best way to describe Lawrence Alwin as he ministers to the offender population at the Lane Murray Unit as a certified volunteer chaplain's assistant. During the last year, Lawrence invested over 2,053 hours of service into the lives of those at the Lane Murray unit as well as other units in the region.

Alwin is one of thousands of concerned volunteers, who like him, 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. Annually, over 18,000 volunteers make 163,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating over 526,000 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov.