The Reentry Roundtable has launched an Advocacy Fellowship Program for individuals with lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community, and we are thrilled to announce Lauren Johnson as our inaugural Fellow! Lauren previously served as a member of the Planning Council and XOffenders’ Council. Her fellowship commenced on February 1st and will continue throughout 2016. Lauren will work this year to strengthen and support the work of our Planning Council, Issue Area Groups, and XOffenders’ Council. A huge thanks to Shield Ayres Foundation for their generous grant that helped make this new program possible.
In limited circumstances, Texas law allows you to remove information about an arrest, charge, or conviction from your criminal records. This means that all information about the offense is destroyed. Once your record is expunged, you may deny the incident occurred. With limited exceptions, you will no longer need to tell landlords, employers, or others who ask about that criminal history.
The Texas Law Expunction Project has opened its intake window for Spring 2016. If you are interested in obtaining help with your criminal record (expunction or sealing), complete this survey as soon as possible to apply to participate in the Texas Law Expunction Project’s next intake sessions (February 2016).
Please note that sending your information does not guarantee that the Clinic will be able to assist you. If they are able to set an appointment for an intake session, applicants must bring a copy of their DPS criminal history report. This may be obtained in Austin, Texas at 108 Denson Drive ($24.95 cash or check). Applicants will be fingerprinted and the report will be mailed or available for pick-up a within a few days. Applicants may also gather and bring court records to assist in determining eligibility for assistance.
Please refer to their flyer for more information about the Project. Please contact Meg Clifford with individual questions, preferably after completing the survey.