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Reentry Roundtable at Travis County Commissioners Court & CAN Board of Directors Meeting

By Laylee Safa / June 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Throughout the month of April, the Roundtable made multiple public presentations about our work around reentry, fair chance hiring, and the Texas Criminal Background Screening Guide for Rental Housing Providers.  We invite you to watch the Roundtable’s presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court about  FY19 goals and accomplishments by clicking here and advancing to the video’s 1:45:07 mark.  […]

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Introducing Hank Perret, the Roundtable’s Executive Fellow Through Leadership Austin

By Laylee Safa / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

We are thrilled to welcome Hank Perret as the Roundtable’s Fair Chance Hiring Champion! He will serve the Roundtable as an Executive Fellow through Leadership Austin‘s unique program that utilizes the experience of semi- or fully retired leaders to build the capacity of community organizations. Hank’s background in both the private and non-profit sectors is […]

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2nd Annual RAP Speaks Storytelling Event

By Laylee Safa / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

  Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and the Reentry Advocacy Project are pleased to invite you to RAP Speaks, the second annual storytelling event focused on sharing the voices and perspectives of individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system.  When: Tuesday, April 16th from 7-9pm Where: Impact Hub North (5540 N Lamar Blvd) Click here to RSVP   In recognition of Second […]

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Thank you, Roundtable Supporters!

By Laylee Safa / March 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

On behalf of the Reentry Roundtable, we would like to thank all of you for your support during Amplify Austin! Over the course of 24 hours, almost two dozen donors came together to raise over two thousand dollars for the Roundtable. We would like to extend a special thank you to our amazing donors, our peer-to-peer […]

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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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Applications for the Roundtable Advocacy Fellowship Program Are Due September 14th

By Lily Wein / September 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Applications for the Roundtable Advocacy Fellowship Program Are Due September 14th

We are adjusting the timeline for the next Roundtable Advocacy Fellowship to begin this fall. This is a part-time, contracted position for persons with significant lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community. The goals of the Fellowship program are two-fold: To enhance the capacity of the Roundtable to address the challenges […]

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Texas Criminal Background Screening Guide for Rental Housing Providers – A Project of the Reentry Roundtable

By KiYa Moghaddam / April 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Texas Criminal Background Screening Guide for Rental Housing Providers – A Project of the Reentry Roundtable

The Roundtable is pleased to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month by releasing two documents designed to provide instruction to landlords and property managers on how best to comply with fair housing law and guidelines when implementing criminal background screenings for housing applicants. This Guide focuses on […]

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Roundtable Accepting Advocacy Fellowship Applications through January 12, 2018

By KiYa Moghaddam / December 19, 2017 / Comments Off on Roundtable Accepting Advocacy Fellowship Applications through January 12, 2018

The Roundtable is now accepting applications for the Advocacy Fellowship Program. This is a part-time, contracted position for persons with lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community. The Roundtable anticipates having two Fellowships in 2018. The goals of the Fellowship program are two-fold: (1) to enhance the capacity of the Roundtable […]

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

By Lily Wein / April 13, 2017 / Comments Off on UT Opportunity Forum Presents: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Involvement: A Conversation on Best Practices and Local Policy Reforms

  “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. […]

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"Private Prisons are Unconstitutional," a discussion with John Dacey

By Lily Wein / March 8, 2017 / Comments Off on "Private Prisons are Unconstitutional," a discussion with John Dacey

  According to the speaker, the United States and the majority of state governments have created a justice system that promotes incarceration to drive profit. Our society has made it profitable for corporations to incarcerate people, with prisoners calculated as growth commodities on corporate balance sheets. Shareholders are fiscally rewarded when private prison populations increase. […]

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