Austin is getting in on the act, he first city to do so in the south. Noteworthy were the comments from one of the Austin council members immediately following the vote:
Council Member Pio Renteria spoke of his own family’s experience with the criminal justice system. He said that his older brother, who was released from prison at 32 after spending most of his youth behind bars, is now 68, and has never made more than $10/hour. He said that two other of his brothers had also been in prison, and had never recovered from the experience. Renteria’s son, who went to jail when he was younger, has gone on to become the manager of a grocery store. “That’s what a second chance does for you,” Renteria said.