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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Lancaster Pastor Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Pastor Carver Adams of Lancaster, Texas was presented the Carol S. Vance Award as the Volunteer of the Year during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Patrick O’Daniel and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during an online ceremony.

“These volunteers give their time and talents to help others throughout Texas,” said O’Daniel. “They selflessly serve because they feel a responsibility to help others.”

“These volunteers dedicate themselves daily to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “In the coming years, the scope of the precious time and effort that they invested will be evident across the State of Texas.”

Pastor Adams has been a volunteer in TDCJ for the past 12 years but now focuses his efforts with the Parole Division by facilitating the Overcomers faith-based substance abuse classes in the Dallas metropolitan area. He has touched the lives of countless clients and staff while proving to be dependable, compassionate and caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of a shortfall of approved substance abuse facilitators, he volunteered to facilitate the classes and took on four times the number of classes he had before the pandemic. Due to the pandemic, he cut the classes into half the number of participants with no more than 10 people in each meeting. This enabled continued and seamless substance abuse services to clients in need and foster healthy reintegration while serving to mitigate relapse and recidivism. He has also made himself available to assist clients outside the classroom setting.

In 1999, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice named the Volunteer of the Year Award after Carol S. Vance, former TBCJ chairman and board member, former TBCJ Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs Committee Chair and current Chaplaincy volunteer (since 1996) at the Darrington and Jester Units. This award recognizes his many contributions in the development of rehabilitative programming offered to inmates to effect change.

Pastor Adams 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 FY2020, there were 19,589 volunteers who served a total of 220,502 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at (936) 437-6052 or by e-mail at