The reentry population in Travis County: People with a criminal history face many barriers when attempting to reintegrate into society. The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, citing work by the National Employment Law Project, estimates that about 70 million nationally, or just under a third of the population, have a criminal record. Locally, between 2,500 and 3,000 people convicted of a crime in Travis County are released from incarceration each year. A criminal record can have an effect on an individual’s later life, regardless of whether they spent any time in jail or prison. Criminal histories make it difficult for individuals to find both housing and employment. Furthermore, individuals with a criminal history may have difficulty finding mental health or substance abuse services. Additionally, many formerly incarcerated individuals face challenges with debt and regaining proof of identification and a driver’s license.