We all know the story. A young man is released from prison, determined to make a life for himself, only to find that all doors are closed to him. As an ex-con, he can't get work, and without work, he can't support himself or the people he loves. So he turns back to a life of crime. It's been the subject of untold novels, films, and folksongs.
For approximately 2.2 million Americans, it's not fiction but a stark and unrelenting reality.
there is a new story.
It begins when a qualifying incarcerated individual is transferred to a Prerelease Reentry Employment Programming, Inc., (PREP), alternative custody diversion campus to begin a transformational reentry path to employment prior to release.
PREP enrolls incarcerated individuals when they reach eighteen months remaining on their sentences. PREP then provides the preparation needed for the real-world workforce. The PREP diversion program provides actual job training by local employers who have committed to hiring the incarcerated prior to release. In addition, PREP provides post release housing assistance, transportation and continuum of support to assist in a new life as an employed and productive returning citizen.
Here’s the new story upon release - the formerly incarcerated individual has a sustainable job, money in the bank, community support and the skills to make it work.
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partners & providers
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Unlocking DOORS™, Texas’ most innovative and cutting-edge community reentry resource network for former offenders, is hosting a national training for a two-year research project led by Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development and Associate Professor at Florida State University.