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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Rowlett Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Dr. Jeffery Parker of Rowlett, Texas was presented the Restorative Justice 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.”

Dr. Parker and Restoration of Dallas (ROD) Ministries are at the forefront of supporting individuals in achieving practical and purposeful goals and equipping inmates for their future upon release from incarceration. The life-structuring contributions of ROD Ministries assist in building relationships, restoring priorities and reestablishing opportunities for inmates, families, victims and communities. Dr. Parker conducted intense discipleship classes every Thursday and, for the past 16 years, was a faithful volunteer who displayed powerful leadership skills that empowered men to take responsibility for their lives. ROD Ministries helps inmates, families and victims make a successful reintegration as productive citizens in society. During the pandemic, Dr. Parker continued offering encouragement to the staff during this difficult time by donating a popcorn machine and popcorn to boost the morale of administrative and security staff. His act of kindness and generosity was uplifting to all personnel at the Michael Unit.

Dr. Parker 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 served a total of 220,502 hours.

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.