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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) –Michael Spillman of San Antonio, Texas was presented the Private Facility Contract Monitoring/Oversight Division 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.”

Mr. Spillman is a former TDCJ inmate who received a life sentence in 1990 and is now on lifetime parole. While incarcerated, he completed a vocational course in air conditioning/refrigeration and took numerous computer classes. He earned an Associates degree in Business Management. He also became active in Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and community-service related programs. At the Lockhart Unit, he was the inmate coordinator for R.E.A.D. (Rehabilitation Early Against Drugs), a program where troubled youth are brought into the facility to meet with the inmates. He also participated in PIE (Private Industries Enterprise) at the Lockhart Unit in the Purchasing Department for the contract manufacture of electronic circuit board within the facility. Paroled in 1999, the following year he began volunteering under the Mentorship Program. He now teaches the Career Planning Course at the Kyle Unit every Monday and has helped nearly 400 inmates graduate. He’s also the director of supply chain engineering for a global corporation and travels around the world. In his spare time, he buys and sells cars or spends time with his two daughters and stepson.

Mr. Spillman says “I’m trying to give back the best I can and lead by example to the offenders in my class.” He added, “I want to show that there is a better life for them if they will just put forth the work needed to truly change.”

Mr. Spillman 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 jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov.