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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Lubbock Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Glyn Walt Stokes of Lubbock, Texas was presented the Chaplaincy Department 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.”

A volunteer since 2016, Mr. Stokes is described as “the most helpful and faithful volunteer” at the Rudd Unit. A licensed and ordained Baptist minister, he facilitates weekly classes including Fresh Start, Evangelism Explosion and Growing in Christ 101 for the inmates. He says his motivation for volunteering is Hebrews 13:3 which says “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

When not volunteering, Mr. Stokes enjoys riding his motorcycle, going camping and hiking. He and his wife Sonia have five children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Stokes 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