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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Huntington Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Nick Carle of Huntington, Texas was presented the Religious Service 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.

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.”

A former inmate, Mr. Carle brings the hope that can be found when one gets out and stays out to those who are still incarcerated. As a volunteer has helped write and has taught several courses at the Duncan Unit. One of them deals with getting older while still in prison and being a caregiver in the dorm while helping the elderly inmates prepare for eternity. He has written the lesson plans with the assistance of hospice workers and other volunteers. During the pandemic, he has stayed in contact with the chaplain and has offered his services whenever possible. He has also maintained correspondence with the inmates and has provided them with encouragement and support.

Mr. Carle 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.