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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

The Woodlands Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Glenn Smith, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Dr. Glenn Smith of The Woodlands, Texas was presented the award for Extensive Travel during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Dr. Smith is a Certified Volunteer Chaplains’ Assistant (CVCA) at the Hightower Unit in Dayton and has traveled more than 9,360 miles during the 2017 fiscal year. Dr. Smith has been an outstanding volunteer for eleven years who facilitates the Kairos program, serving on fifteen of the nineteen Kairos weekends at the Hightower Unit. He has also raised significant funds annually to provide for the Discipleship program that he developed in 2008, as well as funds for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, classroom TVs, folding chairs, musical instruments, furniture for the Officer’s Dining Room, fans for the classrooms and books for the Faith-Based Dormitory Library and the Chaplain’s Library. Dr. Smith has also recruited 40 volunteers for the unit with three of them becoming CVCAs, like himself.

Dr. Smith is one of 14 individuals and 7 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 FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

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