Brettney Moore

  • Hosted by Beacon Law
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Brettney assisted people who are on probation, a diversion program, or recently/pre-release inmates who need to re-integrate and become stable members of the community by assisting them with obtaining the resources and legal assistance necessary to maintain a living that keeps them healthy, working, in a home, and out of jail.

Currently, low income detainees facing criminal justice detention are provided criminal representation for their current case but have no legal support services to support their successful reentry through ID restoration, clearance of other criminal history, advocacy for reinstatement of public benefits, and reentry education. Provision of these services would smooth the reentry process and facilitate access to employment, housing, healthcare and reduction of recidivism.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Brettney has:

  • Handled 91 expunction and non-disclosure matters, as well as 164 drivers’ license eligibility matters, to help clients to gain access to housing and employment
  • Developed and presented Legal Education covering 11 different areas of rights to empower people of this community and population
  • Obtained over $57,000 in cash benefits for clients by helping courts understand how fines and fees prevented this population from moving forward with their lives post incarceration

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Brettney plans to continue her project for this population and expand it to more probation, re-entry, and pre-release facilities across the Houston Area.

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