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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Lancaster Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Kenneth Hartfield, Former TBCJ Chairman Carol S. Vance, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Kenneth Hartfield of Lancaster, Texas was presented the Carol S. Vance Volunteer of the Year Award during the Governor’s 2019 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 in Austin.

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

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Mr. Hartfield saw a need to encourage men and women coming out of prison because of his own personal life experience of not having a positive male role model. With compassion, he tells parolees “It’s not how you start, but it’s how you finish!” He’s the founding pastor of Full Table Fellowship Church in Dallas and is a teacher and motivator for the Overcomers Classes in Garland and south Dallas. His church provides community services to juveniles who are currently on probation.

In 1999, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice named the Volunteer of the Year Award after Carol S. Vance, former TDCJ Chairman and Board Member, former TDCJ Programs Committee Chair and currently Chaplaincy volunteer (since 1996) at the Darrington and Jester Units. This award recognizes his many contributions in the development of rehabilitative programming offered to offenders to effect change.

Mr. Hartfield 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 FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 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 – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.