Category: What’s New

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 austinreentryroundtable@gmail.com.

Planning Council Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

| October 18, 2017

We are thrilled to share the Roundtable’s new strategic plan, adopted by the Planning Council in September after 4 months of hard work. The new strategic plan offers an updated mission and vision for the Roundtable, as well as clarity about the group’s focus on engaging diverse stakeholders impacted by reentry; convening dialogue and critical conversations; advocating to support institutional and public policy change, and partnering to broaden our impact.

The plan outlines four primary goals for the Roundtable over the next five years:

  1. Engaging the community to better understand the impacts of incarceration and successful reentry on Travis County;
  2. Promoting solutions that assist individuals involved in the justice system to navigate their situation by limiting incarceration if possible and supporting their reentry if necessary;
  3. Eliminating unnecessary collateral consequences and social stigma that impede reintegration and increase the likelihood of recidivism; and
  4. Strengthening organizational capacity to support the Roundtable’s strategic goals.

Please take a moment to view the full document.