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    Criminal District Judge Robb Catalano appointed to the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council

    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Tarrant County Criminal District Judge Robb Catalano and eight others to the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor.  According to a news release from the Governor's Office, the council will advise the governor on the creation, staffing, operations and performance of specialty courts to ensure the rights of participants are protected.
    Judge Catalano oversees the Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (F.A.I.P.) along with Judge Sharen Wilson.  F.A.I.P is designed to coordinate alcohol abuse intervention with judicial oversight, enhanced supervision and individual accountability.  "I thank Governor Perry for giving me the opportunity to serve the citizens of the State of Texas and look forward to bringing the experience and work ethic that Tarrant County is known for to the Council," said Judge Catalano.  "Along with the other talented members of the Council, we will work to improve and enhance specialty courts throughout the state," he continued.
    Other members named to the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council are: Judge Ruben Reyes of the 72nd Judicial District Court in Lubbock (Chair), Attorney Joel Bennett of Austin, Alan "Clay" Childress of Leander, Mary Covington of Houston, Becca Crowell of Dallas, Debra "Debbie" Fesperman of Sherman, Assistant District Attorney Tara George of Houston, and Judge Dibrell "Dib" Waldrip, of the 433rd Judicial District Court in Comal County.
    The Governor's news release is here:
    For more information, contact J. Gregory Shugart, Criminal Courts Administrator, at 817-884-2811.