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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Huntsville Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Clint Morris, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – Clint Morris was presented the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

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. Morris is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.

“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”

Mr. Morris is a TDCJ Chaplaincy employee who, for the past five years, has served the department’s Jewish and Native American programs. But as a volunteer, he co-facilitates the Toastmasters program at the Wynne Unit each Tuesday night. The program teaches offenders how to speak publicly to an audience and write speeches. He says he volunteers because he believes “as a criminal justice professional, it is my responsibility to play a part in restorative justice. Toastmasters allows me to be a servant leader.”

In 2001, while living in Ohio and working for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Morris and his wife Michelle began a ministry called Character House Outreach. Through this program and other activities the Morrises have shown compassion, love and communication by sharing their faith through Christ-like Biblical principals and teaching offenders how those principals can be applied everyday. Character House Outreach also serves the community by volunteering at the Hospitality House in Huntsville, preparing meals, organizing events for offenders’ families and sharing their compassion with all whom they meet.

Mr. Morris has also written a book titled “The Character Path” which focuses on developing one’s Biblical character.

Morris 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, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov. For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.state.ts.us.