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The Roundtable Needs Your Help!

By Laylee Safa / February 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

Amplify Austin, our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving, is February 28-March 1, 2019. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. The Reentry Roundtable needs your help to make our first Amplify campaign a success! Lend a hand in these three […]

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Announcing the Fall 2018 Advocacy Fellow

By Lily Wein / October 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Announcing the Fall 2018 Advocacy Fellow

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 […]

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Planning Council Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

By KiYa Moghaddam / October 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Planning Council Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

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 […]

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Announcing the Release of Locked Out: Addressing Criminal History Barriers to Affordable Rental Housing in Austin & Travis County Report

By Lily Wein / October 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Announcing the Release of Locked Out: Addressing Criminal History Barriers to Affordable Rental Housing in Austin & Travis County Report

When someone has been convicted of a crime and has paid their debt to society, then they ought to have an effective second chance in life. The ability to find housing is an indispensable part of that second chance. HUD Secretary Julián Castro In 2015, the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable undertook the task of assessing […]

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Reentry Roundtable New Leadership & Annual Report

By Lily Wein / October 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Reentry Roundtable New Leadership & Annual Report

We are happy to announce that we have a 2015/2016 Annual Report and new officers for the Roundtable! We would like to welcome the incoming officers in their new positions: Helen Gaebler, JD, UT School of Law – Chair Melissa Orren, Community Representative – Vice-Chair Sarah Pahl Worthington, MSSW, JD Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Immediate Past Chair Reggie […]

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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 Nominating Committee 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. […]

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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, Vice 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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