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 Justice Planning operates service programs for Travis County adults who currently are or have been involved in the justice system. The goals of these programs are to promote successful reentry to Travis County.

Justice-Related Programs/Services Travis County Offers

Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable

Travis County partially funds the Austin Travis County Reentry Roundtable (A/TCRRT). The purpose of the A/TCRRT is to bring public awareness surrounding the issues ex-offenders face when returning home from prison. The A/TCRRT organizational structure consist of an Executive Committee, Planning Committee; Evidence-Based Practice; Ex-offenders and Support Services subcommittees.

Contact

Kimberly Pierce

Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Since February 2009, Travis County has participated in an ongoing justice reinvestment project, initially collaborating with the Urban Institute. The Urban Institute merged their justice reinvestment efforts with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to better reflect the initiative’s national scope. In FY12, Justice Planning (JP) submitted an application for JRI grant funding to pay for permanent supportive housing and ancillary support services for two years for 22 chronically homeless mentally ill, frequent users of the Travis County jail.

In 2014, JP continued work on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative housing and case management pilot program. The JRI pilot provides permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and ancillary support services, such as medication management and substance abuse treatment, to twenty-two chronically homeless frequent users of the Travis County Jail.

Contact

Cathy McClaugherty

Transitional Housing

JP manages funding to provide transitional housing for clients involved in JPS-funded programs. Client eligibility is determined by the severity of mental and/or physical health needs; history of homelessness; level of cooperation and participation; and permanency plan.

For more information please contact Cathy McClaugherty (512) 854-4713.

Workforce Development Services

The Justice Planning Reentry Task Force (JPRT) provides a number of reentry and employment services to individuals with a criminal record - including those from within the community and individuals who are incarcerated. The program’s success is driven in part by the diverse and extensive list of qualifications held by the Task Force members. Over the last decade the team has grown from one person to a team of nine skilled professionals. Our team strives to ensure that individuals struggling with barriers, as a result of criminal justice involvement, have everything that they need to become productive residents of Travis County.

After a global pandemic impacted the lives of many individuals across the world, JPWD made the proper adjustments to ensure that clients continue to have access to the same level of services and resources that were provided before the pandemic.

During COVID-19, JPWD continues to provide for the community by offering:During COVID-19, JPWD continues to provide for the community by offering:

  • Remote Case Management designed to meet individual needs
  • Service Planning to connect individuals to proper & reliable resources
  • PUSH Program Survival Kits (Partners United Supporting Humanity)
  • Virtual Training (OSHA, Food Handler, TABC)
  • Virtual Hiring Events
  • CDL Training
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Work Clothing & Tools Assistance

If you are in need of services such as employment; vocational training; or career guidance then please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Learn more about the Justice Planning Workforce Development (JPWD)

Phone: 512-854-6497

 

Committees:

Governance

The Governance Committee includes the Task Force Chair, the immediate past Chair, a representative from the BIPP Advisory Committee, and Chairs for all current committees. The Governance Committee meets once a month and is open to all members of the Task Force. The Governance Committee is responsible for planning and facilitating monthly meetings; prioritizing projects; and general guidance of the Task Force.

Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs

The BIPP Executive Committee is comprised of referral agencies from Travis County. The Executive Committee develops guidelines for the BIPPs that receive referrals from the criminal and civil justice systems in Travis County. The Committee also provides oversight of the vendors to ensure quality service delivery for abusers. Victim safety and offender accountability are the central tenets by which programs are measured.

The BIPP Advisory Committee is comprised of the BIPP Executive Committee members and the vendors who provide services to batterers. The Committee meets monthly to discuss trends and challenges in service delivery, best practices, and policies and procedures.

Policy

The Policy Committee identifies gaps and barriers in services in the civil and criminal justice systems and the advocacy community. Members of the committee may also collaborate with local, state, and national partners to research, analyze and implement best practices to further ensure our mission.

Public Awareness

The Public Awareness Committee is responsible for bringing information and education to the community at large and stakeholders on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The Task Force’s annual awareness event, a Stand Up Paddle Parade on Lady Bird Lake, is held in October each year in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Monthly Task Force meetings invite guest speakers to discuss a myriad of issues, e.g., brain trauma experienced by victims, civil legal remedies for sexual assault victims, domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships, etc.

Youth and Children

The Youth and Children’s Committee’s goal is to strengthen community-wide prevention, treatment and response continuum for youth exposed to violence and to coordinate those services. In FY 2014, the committee will conduct an organizational and community strengths and needs assessment and develop a strategic plan outlining the implementation of activities.

Roger Jefferies, Justice & Public Safety County Executive

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