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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Madisonville Native Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Administrator Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Warden James Jones and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Senior Warden James L. Jones, a native of Madisonville, Texas was presented the Criminal Justice Administrator award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

“We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

“Through their grace and their love, these volunteers touch the lives of many Texans,” said Bell. “They assist agency staff, and they help the offenders and their families have a chance for a better life - impacting generations to come.”

Warden Jones is the Senior Warden at the Huntsville Unit where he has provided significant programming objectives. He attends and supports the many graduations, seminars and special events where many times he also serves as a keynote speaker. Warden Jones and his staff work closely with other agency departments and divisions to ensure the execution process is a seamless one all parties involved including the families and friends of the victims, as well as the condemned.

Warden Jones also ensures that all indigent offenders who pass away while incarcerated receive a dignified funeral at the Joe Byrd Cemetery located near the Huntsville Unit.

When not performing his administrative duties at the Huntsville Unit, Warden Jones likes to fish, hunt and jog.

Warden Jones is one of 16 individuals and 5 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its congratulations to Senior Warden James L. Jones on being named Criminal Justice Administrator of the Year.

Note to media: For more information, contact Robert C. Hurst, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at