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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

San Antonio Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Cipriano Martinez of San Antonio, Texas was presented the Nancy Hees Award from the Parole Division 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.

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

“The efforts of these award recipients are unparalleled,” said Collier. “Every day they leave a profound and lasting impression on the lives of so many across the State of Texas.”

The award is named in recognition of Nancy Hees, who passed away in February 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Nancy, a TDCJ employee at the time of her death, worked in the Parole Division admirably for more than 14 years. Her dynamic character and devotion to helping others positively influenced the lives of many parolees and their families. Her heartfelt compassion and generosity built a bridge of communication between parolees and the agency’s administration and established the Division’s Ombudsman’s Office as a reliable information resource for offender families

Mr. Martinez was recognized for his continuing service to the Parole Division. He has volunteered at the San Antonio III District Parole Office since 2012. He teaches a faith-based substance abuse class twice a week at the District Parole Office. He is also involved in a weekly 12-step program and client mentoring. Mr. Martinez is extremely thorough and diligent with his guidance. He comes to the office early to facilitate his groups and begins each session with a prayer for all involved. He is a valued volunteer at the San Antonio III District Parole Office.

When not volunteering, Mr. Martinez works full-time and is involved in the Chrysalis Ministries or caring for his grandchildren.

Mr. Martinez 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 inmates, as well as aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who provided a total of 394,214 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