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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

"Welcome Back Tarrant County" Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Standing from left to right: Mark Weathers, Michael Lewis, Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Welcome Back Tarrant County Founder Jerry Cabluck and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston. Seated from left to right: Michael Lacy, Maxine Lacy, Sondra Cabluck and David Maddox.

(AUSTIN) – "Welcome Back Tarrant County", a 501c3 non-profit organization, was presented the TDCJ Employee 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."

Accepting the award on behalf of "Welcome Back Tarrant County" was Jarrold Cabluck, a veteran news photographer in north Texas, who is a deacon at Christ Chapel Bible Church and the director of the Community Partnership Council. "Welcome Back Tarrant County" was founded by Mr. Cabluck to address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of parolees. Its purpose is to give hope to the men and women who are returning to society after incarceration.

Mr. Cabluck says "Welcome Back Tarrant County" is dedicated to help those who are willing to accept the challenge of overcoming the past and walking in the newness of life promised those who know God. Nearly 20,000 men and women have started their journey to freedom with the hope provided through "Welcome Back Tarrant County".

"Welcome Back Tarrant County" is one of 6 organizations and 15 individuals 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.