Who We Are
The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, modeled after the National Reentry Roundtable convened by the Urban Institute, is an ongoing forum for academics, practitioners, community leaders, policy makers, advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals working to address the challenges to effective reentry and reintegration of persons with criminal histories.
The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable works to promote a community that values and supports equity for formerly incarcerated persons and individuals with justice involvement.
In September 2003, the Roundtable’s initial Planning Council was formed, comprised of multiple city and county stakeholders. The first forum, held in April 2004, kicked off the organization with a plan to encourage reentry stakeholders to break down the silos in which they were operating. The Roundtable was formed as a strategy and venue for leaders to come together for more effective reintegration for those returning to our community.
Who We Bring to the Table
Members include representatives from governmental agencies, academic institutions, community organizations and other nongovernmental entities, individuals with lived experience in the criminal justice system, and other community representatives.
Membership in the Roundtable is open to organizations and individuals who confirm their interest in supporting our mission and work.
- Planning Council - a body of stakeholder representatives that provides general oversight of the collaborative and assures that the work of the Roundtable is consistent with its mission, vision, and core values;
- Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) - a council of formerly incarcerated individuals and reentry stakeholders that informs the ongoing work of the Roundtable;
- Work groups - focus on key strategic areas related to reentry: community engagement; navigation and diversion; and collateral consequences; and the
- Advocacy Fellowship Program - develops the leadership and professional skills of Fellows who have significant lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community. The Fellows provide administrative, communications, planning, coordination, and advocacy/policy support.