Christina Melton Crain, Esq. – Founder and President/CEO, Unlocking DOORS™ Chaplain Larry Gardner — Prayer
Pledges/National Anthem Honorable Greg Abbott (Video Welcome)
8:20 am – 9:45 am Justice Policy – What makes sense in this day and age?
Statewide Perspective Keynote
Senior Advisor and Policy Director, Office of the Texas Governor
Statewide/Local Perspective Panel
Moderator — Jason Whitely, Senior News Reporter at WFAA (Dallas) and host of Inside Texas Politics Bryan Collier Executive Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Chief U. Renee Hall Police Chief, City of Dallas Honorable Adam McGough Dallas City Council; Chair, Public Safety Committee Honorable James White Texas State Representative; Chair, House Corrections Committee Justin K. Wood Director, Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
9:45 am to 10 am Break — Networking
10:00 am – 11:15 am “Bridging the Generational Gap — What Your Clients (and Staff)
are Really Telling You”
Sherri Elliott-Yeary — Generational Guru
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Luncheon
2018 Westcott Foundation Client Achievement Awards
Unlocking DOORS™ 2018 Golden Key Awards
Unlocking DOORS™ 2018 Jan Hart Black Volunteer of the Year Award
Returning Citizen Panel
Moderator – Christina Melton Crain Keidrain Brewster • Pamela Bryant • Eric Schultze
Nadine Dechausay Director of Community Philanthropy at Communities Foundation of Texas Alphie Rodriguez Senior Director of Client Engagement for Pieces Iris™ Additional Community Network Partners/Providers
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tables of Content
Listen, Share and Learn from Unlocking DOORS’™ Community Network Partners/Providers
during this networking experience
Six (6) Texas Continuing Educational Credits available for licensed professional counselors, marriage and family counselors, and licensed social workers.
Early Bird Price (Through Midnight, Sept. 30)
Exhibit Tables — SOLD OUT
Friend Of Unlocking Doors® Sponsor
Unlocking Doors® Supporter Sponsor
Client Intervention Sponsor
Network Collaborator Sponsor
Community Engagement Sponsor
Smart On Crime Sponsor
Reducing Crime Sponsor
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Thank you for your attention and interest! We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 19th for this year’s great event!
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Unlocking DOORS™ Host Site for Safe Streets & Second Chances Study
Texas non-profit to be a part of Innovating Prisons and Reentry to Foster Change
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. The policy reforms are led by Texas Public Policy Foundation and Koch Industries, Inc. The first four pilot states of Safe Streets & Second Chances (S3C) are Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Florida. Weeklong training is underway at Unlocking DOORS™ in Dallas for weeklong training for researchers leading the randomized controlled trial with 1,100 study participants across the four states, 30 prisons and 14 rural and urban communities. In addition to Dallas, Hill and Hood Counties are also part of the research.
Dallas is a natural test site for the study given that Unlocking DOORS’™ nationally-unique model and the S3C initiative approach the concerns of recidivism in a similar manner – with an evidence-based focus on the individual needs of the client.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Unlocking DOORS™ as my research team
embarks on one of largest studies of reentry done in this country,” remarked Pettus- Davis. “Unlocking
DOORS™ is a natural fit because they are highly innovative and are eager to engage in research that
identifies cutting edge strategies that are scalable.”
“We are so pleased to be selected as one of the four initial test sites, and as the host site for the national training,” said Christina Melton Crain, Esq., Founder and President/CEO of Unlocking DOORS™.
Similar to Unlocking DOORS'™ nationally-unique model, the S3C initiative approaches the concerns of repeat offenders and recidivism with an evidence-driven focus on two components integral to successful reentry and reintegration into society. A collaboration between Unlocking DOOR™ and Florida State University Research Team sets out to accomplish the following:
Remove barriers to success for individuals after prison by using research to bridge policy reforms and effective reentry service approaches
Revolutionize the manner and means by which reentry services are delivered to individuals with criminal backgrounds
Generate science to implement and scale evidence-driven policy and reentry service innovations
Close the gap and lag between scientific discovery and the adoption of those findings in practice
On average, 70,000 ex-offenders are released back into Texas communities each year. Historically, the community-based former offender programs throughout the State of Texas are limited to those offenders on probation or parole supervision. And, the programs available have not historically coordinated their services to create a comprehensive reentry plan. It is out of this need that Unlocking DOORS™ was formed.
Unlocking DOORS™ is Texas’ most comprehensive “community reentry resource network”. Unlocking DOORS™ uses a unique and highly-successful “Reentry BrokerageTM/Data” program model to connect former offenders with the specific services and resources they need to find a future of self-sufficiency that is crime-free – i.e., employment, job training, housing, medical/mental health treatment and transportation.
“I’m hopeful the work we’re doing at Unlocking DOORS™ will serve as a great launch for Pettus-Davis and her research,” Crain said. “Without programs like ours, and the close and dedicated cooperation of our partnerships, many former offenders will reoffend, costing taxpayer dollars, increasing our crime rate, and destroying the chances for a holistic, healthy, and productive society.”
As part of the research for Safe Streets & Second Chances, data collectors will collect information from individuals while they are in prison, immediately after release, and then 4, 8, and 15 months after release from prison.
Each host site will be staffed with a research team comprised of a Project Manager, Clinical Research Associates, Research & Assessment Specialists, and Reentry Program Specialists.
Unlocking DOORS is now on DART! Save time and money using DART's interactive map! Follow the directions below for an easy way to plan your trip to our new headquarters.
• Click "Charitable Organizations"
• Scroll to the bottom of the "Charitable Organizations"; you will see "Unlocking DOORS"; click it
• You will see a rectangle appear with "Landmark" at the top
• You can click the following within the "Landmark" rectangle to assist in your trip planning:
– "Find Nearby Stops" - pulls up every DART line (both rail and bus) that is near our location
– "From Here" - allows the traveler to plan his/her trip back from our location to their ultimate destination
– "To Here" - allows the traveler to plan his/her trip to our location from their originating location
UNLOCKING DOORS CURRENTLY PROVIDES REENTRY BROKERAGE IN NORTH TEXAS