Reentry Advocacy Project

The Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) provides support and fellowship for persons directly impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates for policies and practices that directly and positively impact justice-involved persons and their families.

Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Zion Action Recovery Center at 2951 E 14th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Our Role:

Our Values:

  • Community Voice – we listen to and engage people with lived experience in the criminal justice system and communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Inclusion – we include multiple perspectives on how to achieve safe and healthy communities through effective reentry and reintegration.
  • Respect – we honor the basic dignity of every person and support relationship building as a means to overcome challenges.
  • Equity – we focus on disparities and inequities in system delivery and we are not afraid to ask hard questions to facilitate system change.
  • Preventing Incarceration – we champion strategies that offer alternatives to jail/incarceration whenever possible.

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General RAP Meeting Invite

Success Stories

Featured RAP Member Robert Lilly

Three words that describe you? Resilient, intelligent, passionate What are the top challenges that you faced when reentering? The top challenges I faced upon my release were lack of experience with recovery, adequate and affordable housing, guidance for realistic employment options, no immediate means of supporting myself, inner fears, unsupportive family, ill-informed understanding of the...

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Featured RAP Member Karen Keith

Three words that describe you: Child of God What are the top challenges that you faced when reentering? Employment was huge, still is as I am in a temp assignment. Finding that one person to give you a second chance is very difficult and very stressful. Five hundred+ applications submitted, not one interview from any...

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