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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Corpus Christi Group Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

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

(AUSTIN) – NewLife Behavior Ministries in Corpus Christi was presented the TDCJ Restorative Justice Award 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 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.”

NewLife Behavior Ministries is a comprehensive program to assist individuals in behavioral improvement. The program is designed to change the heart, allowing the mind to change which, in turn, opens the door of change for an offender’s life. Participants eventually recognize that all crimes have victims and they include family members of the individuals affected.  The curriculum is used at 23 TDCJ facilities and is available for all ages. It is widely incorporated in Faith-Based dorms.

NewLife Behavior Ministries is one of 7 organizations and 14 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 FY2017, there were over 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.