Rehabilitation Programs Division
Volunteer Services Program
2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
Tyler Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
(AUSTIN) – James Duncan of Tyler, Texas was presented the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division volunteer award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.
The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.
"The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring," said Livingston. "The impact of their efforts will be felt across the state of Texas for many years to come."
"Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today," said Wainwright. "They see it as a responsibility and for that we're thankful."
Mr. Duncan says he felt a compassion for the men who were incarcerated and knew that they needed spiritual guidance and he wanted to help. He teaches Bible studies at the Bradshaw State Jail and helps with crusades at other TDCJ facilities with the assistance of the Prisoners Bible Institute.
When not volunteering, Mr. Duncan enjoys doing yard work and watching sports on television.
Mr. Duncan 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. 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 FY2015, there were over 22,000 volunteers who provided a total of 262,442 hours of service.
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