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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Rusk Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Thomas Crouch and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Thomas Crouch of Rusk, Texas was presented the Leonard Davis 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."

The award is named in recognition of Leonard Davis who passed away in 2009. He was the honored recipient of this award in 2005, 2007, 2008 and posthumously in 2010 when the award was renamed in his honor.

Mr. Crouch has been volunteering for almost 16 years inside TDCJ units as a member of outreach ministries within his church, New Faith Church in Sacul, Texas. His first experience inside a prison unit was at the Diboll Correctional Center in December, 2000 where he and 35 other people presented a Christmas program. When he spoke to the warden afterwards, he realized that volunteering at TDCJ units was a "calling". His outreach to offenders has now extended to the Polunsky Unit in Livingston and the Skyview/Hodge Unit in Rusk.

When not volunteering, Mr. Crouch enjoys horseback riding, fishing and any activity that takes him outdoors.

Mr. Crouch 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.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.