Local governments are faced with escalating costs for maintaining public safety and a host of other serious problems such as homelessness, drug addiction, mental health, disability, veteran issues, chronic illness and emergency medical care. Texas is the largest criminal justice system in the United States, with 85,000+ individuals returning from prison/state/county jails to our Texas communities annually. Historically, the community-based offender programs throughout the State are limited to those offenders on probation or parole supervision.
And despite the existence of some well-established programs to help meet certain reintegration needs, these programs have not coordinated their services to avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts; nor have the individuals themselves had one place to go to help access these services as part of a comprehensive reentry plan. It was to meet this need, first in Dallas County, but now statewide, that Unlocking DOORS® was formed in 2010.
Recognizing the interlinking relationships among the various parts of the criminal justice system, Unlocking DOORS'® nationally-unique model spearheads a paradigm shift in the delivery of reentry services by fostering a "community-based" cooperative/collaborative effort to address this historically complex problem. This model embraces a systematic approach to a compendium of ideas, practices and programs that improve response time.
Unlocking DOORS® seeks to create and promote a safer more productive society by revolutionizing reentry service delivery to former offenders through individual and community empowerment, education and engagement.
Over its 10-year history, Unlocking DOORS® has created a seamless pathway for close to 5,000 individuals with criminal backgrounds to find a future of self-sufficiency that is crime free. Only 11% of these clients have recidivated - a great achievement, especially when compared to the state's rate of 22-24%.
To mark our 10 years of success, Unlocking DOORS® has established the Justice for All Society Fund to help secure the next 10 years of organizational achievement.
Please help us celebrate the past 10 years of creating a safer community for all by donating to the Justice for All Society Fund today!
All donations are tax-deductible !!!!
Thank you for your consideration - we cannot do our life-changing work without your support!