Lily Wein

To Know Someone Personally Impacted Was a Wake-up Call for Me: An Interview with Laura Sovine

By Lily Wein / April 29, 2016 / Comments Off on To Know Someone Personally Impacted Was a Wake-up Call for Me: An Interview with Laura Sovine

Laura Sovine, Past Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Director of Operations, Austin Recovery What brought you to this work? While I was in graduate school to be a therapist, my mom married a man with two sons in prison; one was incarcerated in Georgia and the other was in Huntsville, Texas. My mom […]

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Success Means Having Room to Fail: An Interview with Kenneth Thompson

By Lily Wein / April 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Success Means Having Room to Fail: An Interview with Kenneth Thompson

Kenneth Thompson, Member and Past Co-Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Fatherhood Program Specialist, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services   How long have you been involved with the Roundtable and what brought you to this work? I have been involved with the Reentry Roundtable since about two years after it began. I […]

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Building Alliances is Critical in a Large State like Texas: An Interview with Helen Gaebler

By Lily Wein / April 25, 2016 / Comments Off on Building Alliances is Critical in a Large State like Texas: An Interview with Helen Gaebler

Helen Gaebler, Past Chair, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council Senior Research Attorney, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT School of Law   Tell me about your professional background. I grew up in Wisconsin and attended law school there. After graduating and clerking for a year at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I […]

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Presenting Our New Advocacy Fellow: Lauren Johnson

By Lily Wein / February 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Presenting Our New Advocacy Fellow: Lauren Johnson

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 […]

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Texas Law Expunction Project Now Accepting Applicants

By Lily Wein / January 25, 2016 / Comments Off on Texas Law Expunction Project Now Accepting Applicants

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 […]

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RSVP Today! 6th Annual Statewide Reentry Conference

By Lily Wein / December 14, 2015 / Comments Off on RSVP Today! 6th Annual Statewide Reentry Conference

Please join us for the 6th Annual Statewide Reentry Conference! When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Where: Texas State Capitol Cost: Free! Panelists: Rep. Senfronia Thompson Sheriff Troy Nehls, Ft. Bend County Dr. William Lawson Judge Sarah Eckhardt In Partnership With: This conference is hosted by the Travis County Criminal Justice Planning Department in partnership […]

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A/TCRRT Members in the News: ‘Fair Chance’ Proponents Deliver Message

By Lily Wein / October 27, 2015 / Comments Off on A/TCRRT Members in the News: ‘Fair Chance’ Proponents Deliver Message

About two weeks ago, City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee took the first step toward mandating removal of the box on employment applications indicating whether the applicant has a criminal record. However, the rest of the package of proposals for fair chance hiring – all related to helping people with criminal records get jobs – was […]

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Presenting our 2015 Annual Report!

By Lily Wein / October 16, 2015 / Comments Off on Presenting our 2015 Annual Report!

2015 has been a year of momentum and progress for the Roundtable. Due to the focus of the Strategic Plan as well as a strengthened administrative structure, we have undertaken a number of critical initiatives and have been able to capitalize on strategic partnership opportunities. Read our 2015 Annual Report to learn: The progress we’ve made on […]

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Getting Outside the Box: Should a criminal record mean a life sentence of unemployment?

By Lily Wein / October 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Getting Outside the Box: Should a criminal record mean a life sentence of unemployment?

The Austin Chronicle wrote a great article about fair chance hiring and the work that is being done locally to Ban the Box citywide. We are so proud that they quote and acknowledge the activism of many of our XOffenders’ Council members in the article! Read the article here.

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Featured RAP Member: Reginald D. Smith

By Lily Wein / September 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Featured RAP Member: Reginald D. Smith

Name: Reginald D. Smith, but everyone calls me Reggie. What are three words that describe you? Grateful, Motivated, Blessed. What are the top challenges that you faced when reentering? Housing and Employment. What resources have you found most helpful for reentering? Goodwill, DARS helped me immensely but it was the personal interactions with caring individuals who could empathize with […]

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