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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Retired Warden Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Administrator Award

(AUSTIN) –Retired Senior Warden Kendall Richerson of Plainview, Texas was presented the Criminal Justice Administrator award 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.”

Prior to his retirement in December 2020, Warden Richerson worked daily with the volunteers at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo. He held the volunteer programs in high regard and put forth every effort to make them available to the inmates. He encouraged the expansion of the faith-based dorms, offered great ideas for programming for G5 inmates and supported the Program for the Aggressive Mentally Ill Offender (PAMIO) faith-based initiative. He also worked closely with the Panhandle Neal Unit Chapel Group in building the new chapel on the grounds of the Clements Unit. He felt that the chapel would be a great addition to the facility and followed its construction from start-to-finish. His dedicated support and involvement with volunteer programs, including attending volunteer-facilitated religious services, showed his pride and care for the volunteers and the rehabilitation of the inmates. His personal involvement in all aspects of the volunteer programs at the Clements Unit helped create an environment where positive change and personal growth were encouraged.

Retired Senior Warden Richerson 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.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its congratulations to retired Senior Warden Kendall Richerson on being named Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year.

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