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Message From The President and CEO

The purpose and mission of DOORS is to reduce recidivism in our communities by serving as an advocate for individuals who are reentering society after being incarcerated.


We understand the many hurdles to overcome and that opportunities may seem unattainable to formerly incarcerated persons. DOORS offers the keys to successful reentry by serving as a one-stop reentry resource and client advocate offering assistance to formerly incarcerated persons with clothing, dental, medical and mental health assistance as well as educational and legal advice. Other avenues of personal assistance include housing, job readiness skills, job referral, transportation access and much more.Our goal is to reduce the chances of ex-offenders returning to prison by removing barriers they may face once released and offering the keys to success.


Each formerly incarcerated person is assigned a caseworker who assesses the individual's needs through four separate assessment tools, develops a highly personalized plan of action, and works with other nonprofits in accomplishing the stated goals. Client follow-through and staff follow-up is vital to the process as each individual follows their path to the future.


If you are someone who desires to successfully reenter the community, please call us! If you are a nonprofit organization who would like to partner with DOORS in this wonderful mission, please let us know. By working together, we can accomplish great things!



Keynote Speaker (Back by Popular Demand) - Dr. Edward Latesa, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of the School of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati. Register now and join us on February 25, 2015!

Eventbrite - Texas Reentry Symposium

Want to pay by check? Download our Registration Form.

Resource Table Reservations are now available through online payment at Eventbrite. Need to reserve a table by check? Download our Table Reservation Form.

Honorable Rick Callahan
Dallas City Councilman

Opening Keynote Speaker (back by popular demand)
Edward Latessa, Ph.D.,
Director and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Luncheon Speaker
Honorable Susan Hawk,
Dallas County District Attorney and Former State District Judge


  • Joyce Ann Brown,
    Wrongly Convicted Exoneree/Founder of Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Services (MASS); Author of Joyce Ann Brown: Justice Denied (book signing during Symposium)
  • Honorable Jerry Madden,
    Former State Representative/Chairman, House Corrections Committee
  • Professor Cheryl Brown Wattley,
    Professor of Law and Director of Clinical and Experimental Education, UNT Dallas College of Law/Attorney for Wrongfully Convicted Individuals
  • Ana Yanez-Correa,
    Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Additional Panel Speakers to be announced.

Christina Melton Crane


This Q&A was recently posted by Michelle Bryant on the Life & Letters section of the University of Texas at Austin website.

Unlocking Doors Field Office (Tarrant County)
Tarrant County Seal and the Cornerstone Assistance Network logo

Cornerstone Assistance Network
3500 Noble Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76111

Hours: M-Th (9-5pm); F (9-4pm)

Call or email for an appointment
Jade Edgar - DOORS Tarrant County Case Manager
Direct Line - 817-632-6023
Main Number - 817-632-6000 X163

… Been down one time
Been down two times
I'm never going back again
You don't know what it means to win …
      — Fleetwood Mac

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DOORS: Unlocking DOORS to Reduce Recidivism

When a crime is committed, we all pay – families are broken, tax dollars are needlessly spent, and victims are created. We thank you for your support and interest in DOORS. We are proud to stand alongside you and everyone who is committed to reducing recidivism by assisting those who are so desperately in need of services and expertise. We have a very large task ahead of us; but, TOGETHER, we can find solutions, meet on common ground, and partner to create a reentry system that is seamless and worthwhile for all.

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