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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Jewett Native Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Administrator Award

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

(AUSTIN) – Senior Warden Tommie Haynes, a native of Jewett, Texas was presented the Criminal Justice Administrator award 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."

A 30-year veteran TDCJ employee, Haynes is now Senior Warden at the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville where he is directly involved in recruiting volunteers, implementing and maintaining enhanced programming while also remaining engaged in chaplaincy and volunteer programs.

"I have been blessed with exceptional devout chaplains and volunteers on my last three facilities which have allowed our volunteer programs to excel," said Warden Haynes.

When not at work, Warden Haynes enjoys watching sports, fishing, spending time with his children and grandchildren and volunteering with the Special Olympics, Red Cross and various youth activities.

Warden Haynes 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.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its congratulations to Senior Warden Tommie Haynes on being named Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year.

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