On Thursday, August 21, 2008, TCJC will present the findings of an extensive survey of re-entry professionals, titled Practitioners' Perceptions of Prisoner Re-Entry Challenges , at a House Corrections Committee hearing. This hearing will take place at the Capitol in room E2.016 at 9:00 A.M, and it will will address the following interim charges: (1) the use of technology practices that improve efficiency, safety, and coordination of criminal justice activities on the state, local, and county levels; (2) strategies for meeting prisoner re-entry challenges in Texas, including the evaluation of programs with documented success, and the availability of housing and occupational barriers; and (3) an analysis of the Texas state jail system, including original intent for use, sentencing guidelines, and effectiveness, as well as suggestions for changes and improvements in the state jail system.
We will be providing invited testimony on Interim Charge 2. For a preview of what we will be presenting, download the following documents:
- Practitioners' Perceptions of Prisoner Re-Entry Challenges (126 pgs)
- Executive Summary (16 pgs)
- TCJC Testimony (13 pgs)We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all who offered feedback to us in regards to prisoner re-entry challenges, which provided the basis of our report. We hope that our findings will assist policy-makers in their efforts to stop the cycle of offending by reducing barriers to re-entry and investing in programs and services that promote success for individuals and families.To learn more about our re-entry program, please log on to www.criminaljusticecoalition.org/tools_for_re_entry.
Monday, August 18, 2008
House Corrections, TCJC focused on re-entry this week
On Thursday Aug. 21, the Texas House Corrections Committee will meet to gather information regarding three of their interim charges, one of which focuses on facilitating re-entry for ex-prisoners. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition sent out an email to supporters today containing links to some of the re-entry related materials they'll be presenting to the committee. Wrote executive director Ana Yañez Correa: