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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Sugar Land Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Andrew Iwe, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Andrew Iwe of Sugar Land, Texas was presented the Leonard Davis Award during the Governor’s 2019 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 held in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

The award is named in recognition of Leonard Davis who passed away in 2009. He was the honored recipient of this award in 2005, 2007, 2008 and posthumously in 2010 when the award was re-named in his honor.

Mr. Iwe has been the program director of the Texas Prevention Network and has experience with the Harris County Department of Education, the Texas Youth Commission and the Council for Drugs and Alcohol. While working for TDCJ in 1990 through the Gateway Foundation as a drug counselor, he saw a great need to help offenders by giving them some direction on their opportunities to make a difference in society.

Mr. Iwe is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders 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 FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.