People who have been involved with the criminal justice system often face obstacles in finding jobs, housing, and other necessities. The support of family and friends is an invaluable part of making reentry work. Some may also find assistance from mentors, faith communities, or support groups. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or someone you know, there are many resources to aid you.
Information and Referral
- Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website for information and referrals to services in our community.
- The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a division to handle reentry and reintegration. They have set up a hotline to answer people's questions about reentry. The toll free number is 1 (877) 887 – 6151.
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has a statewide reentry guide.
- Travis County has a local reentry guide (2019).
- Locked Out: A Texas Legal Guide to Reentry by the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid 2012
- www.texvet.com: Statewide information and referral service that helps veterans get linked up to resources including peer to peer meetings.
- Tools for System-Involved Adults and Tools for System-Involved Youth
- Re-Entry 101 for Case Managers
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice: Parole Division Overview
- Guide on How to Write Parole Packets
- The Expunged Record has information on expunging records, including a database of Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA) and materials on how and why expunged records are being recorded.
Below are links to some of the resources in our community available to people who have a criminal history and their families.
When Children Witness the Arrest of a Parent
Witnessing the arrest of a parent is a difficult and emotionally-charged event for children. At the time of arrest and afterward, a child is likely to experience a range of negative emotions. Some children will need a temporary caregiver, and all will need reassurance and compassion. The A/TCRRT and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office developed the following brochure to help caregivers understand what a child is going through, explain the arrest process, and give some ideas on how to help.