Over one hundred former inmates recently graduated from a program designed to facilitate inmate success.
Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Approximately 150 former inmates were honored at the Dallas based church The Potter’s House Sunday for completion of a program designed to facilitate their successful re-entry after prison release. As reported by CBS 11 News, the individuals joined hundreds of others who have completed the 12-month Texas Offenders Re-entry Initiative, or TORI program, which was founded in 2005.
As noted in the report, the program assists former inmates with jobs searches, counseling, and other things needed for success upon being released from prison. Potter’s House pastor T.D. Jakes is quoted in the report as stating of the program, “When an inmate comes back from being incarcerated and can’t get a job or a place to stay, they’re almost destined to recycle back into the criminal justice system… I’d like to see us stop the propensity that we have today to make a big business out of incarceration. I’m trying to show the benefits of rehabilitation.”
Potter is further quoted as stating, “I think we have written off ex-offenders to a degree that we have one of the highest recidivism rates in the nation… We’ve had to spend all our money building walls around our homes (to feel safe). Pretty soon you have to ask yourself, who is really being incarcerated? So our indifference is costing us in a lot of ways.”
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