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From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, ) Arnold Ortiz, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. (Photo courtesy TDCJ)

Huntsville Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Arnold Ortiz of Huntsville, Texas was presented the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award during the Governor’s 2018 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 held in Austin.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Mr. Ortiz began serving as a volunteer with TDCJ in November 1994. He has faithfully served the offender population at the Ferguson Unit. In 2017, he volunteered 81 times for over 442 hours of service. Since beginning his volunteer service, he has recorded over 1,100 visits totaling over 3,400 hours. He is a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant who facilitates Bible studies and worship services in English and Spanish. Mr. Ortiz is an Inventory and Store Specialist in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division.

Mr. Ortiz is one of 14 individuals and 7 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 FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

Information and photo courtesy of TDCJ

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