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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Lindale Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Robert Harcrow and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Robert Harcrow of Lindale, Texas was presented the award for Extensive Travel 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."

While still living in Missouri, Mr. Harcrow felt his calling to minister to Texas offenders so he sold his home and material possessions to move to the Lone Star State. An approved volunteer in TDCJ since 2009, he has spent the past five years traveling from Lindale to other parts of the state to minister to offenders at the Cole State Jail, the Telford Unit, the Gurney Unit, the Johnston Substance Abuse Facility and the Coffield Unit. In 2015, he traveled 11,696 miles on our highways to minister to all with whom he comes in contact.

Mr. Harcrow 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 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 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 – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at