Kevin Garrett, Texas Jail Project’s first full-time staff member, and former Peer Policy Fellow has joined the Travis County Public Defender’s Office Criminal Defense Practice.
Kevin joined Texas Jail Project as a member of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s Peer Policy Cohort in 2018. In his two-year fellowship, Kevin spearheaded landmark legislation around prenatal care, jail conditions, and mental health.
“Though my fellowship ended in 2020, I continue to come back to both work and check in with Texas Jail Project. Time and time again they have demonstrated a compassion that is not merely a case number or advocacy story. THEY ACTUALLY CARE about people before and after the initial engagement! My life’s turnaround would not be possible without Krish, Diana, and Lynda’s guidance!”
After completing law school, and his fellowship with Texas Jail Project in 2020, Kevin went on to pass the bar exam on his first attempt and was admitted to practice with the Texas State Bar in October 2021. In 2022, Kevin returned to Texas Jail Project to support our team on a contract basis with vital archival work on jail non-compliance.
Kevin’s success is a testament to the power of community and solidarity. Read more about Kevin’s story, including his past journeys with prison incarceration and homelessness, here.
The Travis County Public Defender’s Office is incredibly lucky to have Kevin on-board, and we look forward to seeing all the amazing work Kevin will do on behalf of defendants in Travis County.