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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Garland Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) – Robert Diggs of Garland, Texas was presented the award for Extensive Travel 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. Diggs, a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant (CVCA), has served TDCJ since 1998. During the pandemic, he has helped cover the Telford Unit by working with the chaplains several days a week. He has picked up religious service DVDs on numerous occasions, commuting from the Dallas area and delivering them at the unit in New Boston. He also helped in the daily rotation of worship services. He assists with weekly COVID-19 phone call requests made on behalf of the inmates to their families. The chapel never missed a beat because of his untiring efforts, as he traveled more than 20,000 miles during fiscal year 2020.

Mr. Diggs 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 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