Over 70,000 people leave Texas prisons every year, while hundreds of thousands cycle through local jails. Various barriers and restrictions prevent many people from successfully transitioning to our communities, forcing them back into crime and back into confinement. For instance, correctional facilities lack sufficient rehabilitative programs and services – like treatment programming and vocational courses – that help people become productive members of society upon release. Furthermore, ongoing obstacles in housing, employment, education, and mental health services in Texas communities lower the likelihood that people can maintain successful lives.
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