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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Brownfield Ministry Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

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

(AUSTIN) – Jubilee Prison Ministry in Brownfield, Texas was presented the “Religious Service Program” 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.”

Bill Darnall is the executive director of Jubilee Prison Ministry which accounts for a large portion of the volunteer hours at the Jim Rudd Facility. This does not include the number of hours they spend preparing for events such as Jubilee weekends, Jubilee reunions and Jubilee monthly meetings. When the Rudd Facility was changed to an Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF), the volunteers spent numerous hours transitioning from previous services so that they could facilitate Jubilee events. This past August the first Jubilee event was held at the Rudd Facility for the ISF clients.

Jubilee Prison Ministry is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals 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 jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.