People who have been involved with the criminal justice system often face many obstacles as they try to find jobs, housing, and other necessities. The support of family and friends is an invaluable part of making reentry work. Some may also find assistance from mentors, a faith community, or support groups. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or someone you know, there are many resources to aid you.
Information and Referral
- Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website for information and referrals to services in our community.
- The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a division to handle reentry and reintegration. They have set up a hotline to answer people’s questions about reentry. The toll free number is 1 (877) 887 – 6151.
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has a statewide reentry guide.
- Travis County has a local reentry guide.
- Travis County Handy Guide for Reentry
- Locked Out: A Texas Legal Guide to Reentry by the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid 2012
- www.texvet.com: Statewide information and referral service that helps veterans get linked up to resources including peer to peer meetings.
- Tools for System-Involved Adults and Tools for System-Involved Youth
- Re-Entry 101 for Case Managers
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice: Parole Division Overview
- Guide on How to Write Parole Packets
- The Expunged Record has information on expunging records, including a database of Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA) and materials on how and why expunged records are being recorded.
Below are links to some of the resources in our community available to people who have a criminal history and their families.
- Austin MOVE Forward
- 2nd Chance Informational Workshop
- Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
- Workforce Solutions-Capital Area
- Road to Success: Workforce Development Orientation Program by the Travis County Criminal Justice Planning Department
Families of the Incarcerated
- Incarcerated Parents and Child Support/Los Padres Encarcelados y la Manutención de Niños
- Seedling Foundation
- Texas Kincare Primer
- Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA)
- Attorney General of Texas: Child Support Publications
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment
When Children Witness the Arrest of a Parent
Witnessing the arrest of a parent is a difficult and emotionally-charged event for children. At the time of arrest and afterward, a child is likely to experience a range of negative emotions. Some children will need a temporary caregiver, and all will need reassurance and compassion. The A/TCRRT and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office developed the following brochure to help caregivers understand what a child is going through, explain the arrest process, and give some ideas on how to help.