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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Richmond Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Administrator Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Warden Troy Simpson, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Senior Warden Troy Simpson of Richmond, Texas was presented the Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year award during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Senior Warden Simpson took the helm of the Jester Complex in Richmond in April 2015. Under his guidance, religious programs within the complex have flourished while maintaining all aspects of security and allowing volunteers and offenders the freedom to interact and worship. There are over 150 volunteer programs being facilitated at the Jester Complex with more than 1,000 volunteers. Warden Simpson’s goal is to give all offenders at the Jester Complex every opportunity to be positive and productive citizens upon their release from TDCJ.

Senior Warden Simpson is one of 14 individuals and 7 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 Senior Warden Troy Simpson of the Jester Complex on being named Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at