Texas Offender Reentry Initiative

There are many causes for the criminal recidivism rates for drug offenders being as high as 75% in this country. I've written here about the fallacy of criminalizing drug abuse instead of approaching it as a public health problem. But that's only one contributing failure of our criminal justice system. Many inmates leave prison with neither family support, housing, nor job skills--a clear road to failure.

Earlier this year, an inmate at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp, a white collar offender in his mid 30s, decided to do something positive about this distinctly American tragedy. With the help of his family, he reached out to a group in Dallas called Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI), a program started by Bishop T. D. Jakes' Potter's House Ministry in Dallas.

Jakes recognized the need for re-entry assistance for inmates who were returning to their communities across Texas. TORI began offering services in January 2005, by assisting with housing, family support, employment training, education, healthcare and spiritual guidance. Since that time, it has served over 10,000 formerly incarcerated male and female adults. To learn more about TORI, click here.

On December 10, 2017, the day of the Dallas Marathon, my inmate friend plans to run the 1/2 mile track at our camp 52.4 times, completing a marathon to raise support for TORI. He's been training for months, and I have no doubt he'll run well and finish strong.

Please join me in financially supporting his marathon by donating here. Include "RE-FIT CAMPAIGN" in the message box. I can think of no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by contributing to an organization with a proven track record of helping those who are trying to put their families back together. No amount is too small or large.