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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Garland 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, Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Antonio Morga and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Antonio Morga of Garland, Texas was presented the award for Extensive Travel during the Governor’s 2015 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.

“We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

“Through their grace and their love, these volunteers touch the lives of many Texans,” said Bell. “They assist agency staff, and they help the offenders and their families have a chance for a better life - impacting generations to come.”

Mr. Morga and his wife Bernardo live in Garland, a Dallas suburb. Once a month they make a 574 mile round trip to the C.T. Terrell Unit in Rosharon, where he leads a worship service for the offenders. He also travels to other units statewide ministering to offenders. He averages 15,000 miles annually in volunteer service to the agency.

When he is not volunteering, Mr. Morga spends time with his three children and watches football and soccer games.

Mr. Morga is one of 16 individuals and 5 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole and 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 FY2014, there were 21,492 volunteers who served a total of 427,345 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Robert C. Hurst, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at robert.hurst@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.