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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Burkburnett Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Terry Bradley of Burkburnett, 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.

“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.”

Mr. Bradley began volunteering with TDCJ in January 1997 and became a certified volunteer chaplain’s assistant (CVCA). He generously provided more than 20 years of steadfast service to the staff and inmates at the Allred Unit. He started his volunteerism teaching New Life Behavior and Voyager classes during the week and leading worship services twice a month. He got approval to videotape the New Life Behavior program and it has been seen worldwide. Mr. Bradley and his church congregation supported the Allred Unit staff by providing a BBQ meal several times a year. Over the past four years, he had oversight of the Prisoners Advancing in a Correctional Environment (P.A.C.E.) program in restrictive housing. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and Mr. Bradley’s health, he chose to retire as a volunteer in April 2020.

Mr. Bradley 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 over 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