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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Abilene Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

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

(AUSTIN) – Corby “Clutch” Francis of Abilene, Texas was presented the TDCJ Restorative Justice 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 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.”

Mr. Francis was incarcerated within TDCJ for over 25 years. While behind bars, he turned his life over to God. When he was released he immersed himself into the prison ministry and joined I Am Redeemed, a ministry that travels to several prisons within the State of Texas. He has now been volunteering for over four years at the Middleton Unit where he teaches classes in the faith-based dorm and also teaches discipleship classes through the Chainbreaker Ministry. He is a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant who volunteers at least three evenings weekly.

Mr. Francis is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates 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 – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at