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2014 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Waco Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Barry Brown, Keynote Speaker Judge Cathy Cochran and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(Austin) – Barry Brown was presented the Chaplaincy Department award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston today during a ceremony held in Austin. Brown 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.

“These men and women give their time not for monetary reward,” said Livingston. “They volunteer because they have a personal passion in seeing others succeed. We are grateful for their selfless dedication.”

Mr. Brown began the Ministry at the Gates program which focuses on the continual evaluation of the needs of offenders and staff within the TDCJ.

He began serving as a volunteer chaplain for the Fort Worth jails in 1998. Since then ministry in corrections has remained close to his heart. He is the Divisional Director of Corrections Ministries for The Salvation Army. Barry encourages offenders to take advantage of opportunities offered for their improvement and he raises spirits among unit staff members by delivering boxes of candy to them. He also provides Christmas cards, Bible bookmarks and calendars for the offenders. Barry is known to just stop by to say “Hello” and provide encouragement to those in need of a positive uplifting message.

Barry’s efforts to help make the prison environment a better and safer place to work are just a few reasons why he was nominated by numerous staff from multiple units to receive the Chaplaincy Department volunteer award.

Barry and his wife Katrina have 2 daughters and 4 granddaughters and live in Waco.

Barry is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who, like him, 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, some 21,000 volunteers make 145,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating some 460,000 hours of service.

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