This ambitious and successful partnership between Austin Justice Coalition, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and the Travis County Tax Office serves as an example for future expansion across Texas.
Travis County has one of the highest rates of pre-trial, legally innocent defendants in lockup. According to jail population reports from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, at any given time, Travis County Jail holds 2100 inmates, with about 73 percent of them detained without conviction and eligible to vote. That means roughly 1,500 of the 2,100 inmates in the Travis County Jail on any given day haven’t been convicted of a crime yet. These inmates won’t be able to ride to a voting booth and vote because they’re incarcerated.