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Simone Sawyer

Simone Sawyer

CAIS/JAIS Program Associate

Simone Sawyer is part of the Evident Change CAIS/JAIS team. She previously worked as the outreach and engagement specialist for Texas Health and Human Services’ Youth Empowerment Services Waiver. Prior to this she served a year as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and the University of Texas at Austin’s Annette Strauss Institute. Simone also has experience working as a juvenile supervision officer in a trauma-informed juvenile detention facility. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas. 
 

Recent publications from Simone Sawyer:

Simone Sawyer

My first blog, "Finding Balance in Supervision," was my call to action for the justice system to refocus its efforts and create more individualized case plans for people on supervision. As I reread it now, I realize how lofty a goal that is from where I sit. As a third party, I only see the aftermath of a system that is learning to shift and grow

Simone Sawyer

Who decided tattoos, piercings, and colorful hair aren't acceptable in professional spaces? Why should I cover up my tattoos, remove piercings, or tone down my hair to work with a client population that often looks just like me? Even at the executive or administrative level, why should my appearance have to be altered for me to do my job properly

Simone Sawyer

I’ve always believed that the purpose of the justice system is to protect, serve, and deliver justice for all. As a community member, I have felt the benefit of police protection, but—as a Black woman and a former public servant—I have seen the other side that’s not so pretty. It’s almost as if the moment someone commits a crime or is convicted of