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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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Upcoming Events

By Lily Wein / January 14, 2017 / Comments Off on Upcoming Events

Leonard Manzella’s CAGES January 19-29th While counseling mentally ill patients in a corrupt prison system, a psychologist is challenged to evaluate his own life by the very inmates he came to help. When Dr. Tom Morri returns to the prison he had previously been terminated from, he begins to see the system – and himself […]

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Roundtable Accepting Advocacy Fellowship Applications Through January 11th

By Lily Wein / December 22, 2016 / Comments Off on Roundtable Accepting Advocacy Fellowship Applications Through January 11th

In 2016, with the support of Shield-Ayres Foundation, the Roundtable launched an Advocacy Fellowship Program for formerly incarcerated persons with lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community. The Fellowship program was such a success that we are expanding it to include an additional Fellowship position for 2017. The new Fellow will […]

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Statesman article on UT and A/TCRRT Forum on Employment and Criminal Records

By David Kirk / December 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Statesman article on UT and A/TCRRT Forum on Employment and Criminal Records

On November 14th, the UT Opportunity Forum, the William Wayne Justice Center at UT Law, and the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable hosted a forum titled “Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment.” See coverage of this event and the broader issue in the attached article from the Austin American-Statesman.

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