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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston Woman Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Lupe Hernandez of Houston, 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.

“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 retired United States Marine, Ms. Hernandez has been with the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department for almost four years. She is a zealous advocate for the Harris County Veterans’ Court Program. As a community supervision officer, she serves as an advocate for veterans diagnosed with mental health disorders. She works tirelessly to provide continued support for veterans needing both substance use and mental health treatment. In December 2019, she volunteered to run a marathon to raise awareness for fellow veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On her 200-mile-long journey from Houston to San Antonio, she plated an American flag at each mile on the roadway in memory of fellow veterans who have battled PTSD.

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.

Ms. Hernandez 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 FY2020, there were 19,589 volunteers who served a total of 220,502 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.