Recent Articles

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.

UT Opportunity Forum Presents: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Involvement: A Conversation on Best Practices and Local Policy Reforms

| April 13, 2017


“Criminalizing mental illness is expensive [and] it is ineffective”
Sally Hernandez, Travis County Sheriff

People with mental illness are greatly overrepresented among the millions of individuals cycling through our criminal justice system. Travis County is no exception, with the number of jail inmates with mental illness trending steeply upward over the past ten years. Steps have been taken to address the issue through the Health Justice Learning Collaborative and other efforts, but more is needed.

Join our discussion with key stakeholders, including County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Mindy Montford (Travis County District Attorney’s Office), Sherry Blyth (Austin Travis County Integral Care), Assistant Chief Joe Chacon (Austin Police Department), and Danny Smith (Travis County Sheriff’s Office), to learn what’s happening in our community to strengthen cross-system collaboration, create more robust integrated systems of care in Travis County, and reduce criminal justice involvement for individuals with mental illnesses.

Registration is free to get a seat for this forum go here


The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement
The Graduate Program in Community & Regional Planning
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable