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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Austin Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Robbie Lane of Austin, 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.

“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.”

Mr. Lane has participated in the chaplaincy program at the Kyle Correctional Center since January 2016. He began as a building pastor where he would visit and provide pastoral counseling to the inmates twice a month. He later became a certified volunteer chaplain’s assistant (CVCA) and led the Inside/Out Dad program on Monday nights each week. During the pandemic, he has continued contacting the facility chaplain to express his willingness to help in whatever ways are needed and to stay actively involved. Mr. Lane is highly respected by the warden, chaplain and the inmates he ministers to at the Kyle Correctional Center.

Mr. Lane 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 provided a total of 220,502 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.