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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Spencer receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Laundry, Food & Supply Assistant Director Ron Hudson, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r). Mr. Hudson accepted on behalf of Carl C. Spencer.

(Austin) - Carl Spencer of Huntsville was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Employee Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of his dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Spencer is one of 20 recipients from across Texas recognized for their efforts to help state offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

“Each of this year’s award recipients personify a selfless dedication to helping offenders succeed both while incarcerated, and once they’re released,” said Livingston.

Spencer has been an approved volunteer since 2005. He is a program specialist for the Correctional Institutions Division’s Laundry, Food & Supply department and is involved in volunteering at several prison units around the Huntsville area. In 2007, Spencer became an approved substance abuse volunteer and now assists in both chaplaincy and substance abuse programs. Mr. Spencer gives of his time to assist in conducting worship services, and trains other volunteers to teach the Overcomers Outreach classes. Overcomers Outreach is an international network of Christ-centered 12 Step support groups which ministers to individuals, their families and loved ones who suffer from the consequences of any addictive behavior. The Overcomers Program serves as a bridge between traditional 12 step recovery groups and churches of all denominations.

Spencer is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who 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. Annually, approximately 18,000 volunteers make 163,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating over 526,000 hours of service.

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