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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Wimberley Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Craig “Bubba” Norton of Wimberley, Texas was presented the Judge Carroll Wilborn, Jr. 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.”

For more than eight years, Mr. Norton has volunteered at the Caldwell, Comal and Hays Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) as a guest speaker for the department’s day treatment and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. Prior to the pandemic, he was on a regular rotation as a guest speaker at the District Resource Center in Lockhart, speaking to individuals in a court-ordered day treatment program. He would speak about his experiences before, during and after becoming involved in the criminal justice system. He speaks with humility about what works for him. He tells participants that no matter what their circumstances are, they can change the part of their life that brought them to the criminal justice system. His presentation is part of the process of teaching participants about the challenges of early recovery, communication skills, problem solving, self-esteem, stress management and using a support system. His volunteerism is immeasurable and does not go unnoticed.

Judge Carroll Wilborn Jr. began his career in public service as an Assistant County Attorney and the Assistant District Attorney for Chambers County, Texas.  He served as the District Attorney for Chambers County from 1977 until 1983. In 1983 he served as the Judge for the 344th District Court, a position he held until he retired in 2012. Over the years, Judge Wilborn served as a member of the faculty at Advanced Criminal Law Certification Courses, the Texas College for the Judiciary, and as a guest lecturer at the South Texas College of Law. He was also the Governor’s Chairman of the Criminal Procedure Revision Committee and Treasurer of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  In 1993 and 2001 Judge Wilborn was appointed as a member of the Judicial Advisory Council (JAC) to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and the Community Justice Assistance Division. As a member of the JAC, he served as the Secretary, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee and the liaison to the Probation Advisory Committee. Judge Wilborn was a tireless advocate for the improvement of the criminal justice system in Texas and, in particular, an unfailing ally to community corrections.

Mr. Norton 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 and 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 FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who served a total of 394,214 hours.

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.