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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Jacksonville 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, James McClurkin, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – James McClurkin was presented the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division 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 during a ceremony held in Austin. McClurkin 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.”

James “Jim” McClurkin began serving as a volunteer in May 2000 and for more than twelve years has been at the Bradshaw State Jail.

“Jim” became a Certified Volunteer Chaplains Assistant in 2009 and also serves as the coordinator of prison ministry for the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He volunteers twice a week and serves more than 16 hours weekly teaching, counseling and praying with offenders. He is always available to provide pastoral care and coordinates the Basic Life Principle Program in the faith-based dorm where 256 offenders are enrolled and pursuing dramatic changes in their lives. He also helps with the Thursday night chapel services and chaplain office duties.

For his dedicated services he has been selected to receive the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division volunteer award.

James “Jim” McClurkin 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.texas.gov.