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Featured RAP Member Robert Lilly

| November 20, 2018

Three words that describe you?
Resilient, intelligent, passionate

What are the top challenges that you faced when reentering?

The top challenges I faced upon my release were lack of experience with recovery, adequate and affordable housing, guidance for realistic employment options, no immediate means of supporting myself, inner fears, unsupportive family, ill-informed understanding of the role of the parole office.

What resources have you found most helpful for reentering?
Case management, structured transitional living arrangements, peer recovery support familiar with incarceration.

Did you have a mentor or role model?
I had an imagined model in my head for emulation but it took me time to secure an example of what that realistically looked like.

What drives your passion and makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?
I am driven by the idea of teaching others through advocacy and the work of forging alliances and partnerships that advance a collective response to the ill-effects of the troubled lives many who have lived the street life have experienced. Having the opportunity to motivate the people to take action or change.

Why do you participate in the Reentry Advocacy Project?
I participate in order to have proximity to the best examples of what is possible for my individual life, to be known and get to know others who share my sensitivity with the accompanying issues that have extended from our societies over reliance upon punitive measures.


Announcing the Fall 2018 Advocacy Fellow

| October 3, 2018

Please join us in welcoming Laurie Pherigo as the newest Reentry Advocacy Fellow!

Laurie brings a wide variety of experiences to this position, both from her past employment and from her life itself. Laurie has worked in the administrative/customer service field most of her adult life in environments ranging from law firms to automotive shops. As a woman with “lived experience” consisting of 6 years in TDCJ and 3 years on parole, she strives to turn the difficult and negative circumstances she endured while incarcerated into positive change for those being released as well as those still in prison.

Laurie’s goals for her fellowship include working with TDCJ to connect soon-to-be released men and women with obtainable, useful resources that will help them establish a stable and productive new life. For those still incarcerated, Laurie will support efforts to have the “nature of the crime” removed as a rationale for denying parole by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.

In her spare time, Laurie enjoys watching football, reading Stephen King novels, drinking caramel frappes, and spending time with family and friends. She and her spouse have 4 grown children, 10 grandchildren, and two dogs. Most importantly, Laurie is thrilled and humbled to be given this opportunity to help make a change in the world and pass along the many blessings she received on her journey to successful re-entry.

To contact Laurie, please email