DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Securus Foundation, a non-profit agency helping communities facilitate public safety and successful reentry for returning citizens, announces its formal launch of the organization.
Throughout the United States, federal, state and county governments are spending billions each year on incarceration and community supervision. Studies have shown that when offenders return to jail or prison, it comes at an even higher cost to overall public safety because reentry and recidivism affects all citizens and taxpayers. In addition to economic cost, it takes on an even larger social toll on the individual and their communities.
The creation of The Securus Foundation is inspired by the words President George W. Bush uttered in his 2004 State of the Union address: “America is the land of second chance, and when the gates of the prison open the path ahead should lead to a better life.” Likewise, in April 2016, President Barack Obama stated, “…removing barriers to successful reentry helps formerly incarcerated individuals compete for jobs, attain stable housing, and support their families. All of these are critical to reducing recidivism and strengthening communities.”
Both Presidents’ support underscores the bipartisan nature of reentry. Therefore, The Securus Foundation, a grass roots movement with the advantage of a national perspective, will focus its work on comprehensive solutions to reentry such as job placement services, education, transitional housing, mentoring, and medical/drug treatment services.
The Securus Foundation will collaborate with local and state government agencies, including existing community resources to establish and enhance program effectiveness through Foundation resources and the utilization of technologies to bring solutions to scale. “We must now go to work focusing on the appropriate concepts and solutions that will bring the maximum amount of impact. With so many organizations doing this important work every day, The Securus Foundation has joined the mission to provide returning citizens with a clearer path to reentry,” said Dawn Freeman, CEO and President of The Securus Foundation.
Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, a Securus Foundation Board Member and former Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, added, “It very well may be true that the value of a civilization is how its most vulnerable members are treated. The Securus Foundation plans to do its part to help ensure successful prison-to-community transitions of the formerly incarcerated.”
The Securus Foundation exists to serve community resources, government agencies and returning citizens with three core beliefs:
1.) Scalable results define success
2.) Reentry is a mission field served with passion
3.) Successful reentry is a moral and economic imperative for everyone
The Securus Foundation Board of Governance includes experts in Corrections, Law and Reentry. For more information on the board, go to www.thesecurusfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE SECURUS FOUNDATION
Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, the vision of The Securus Foundation is to modernize the reentry process to increase successful community reengagement. To learn more about The Securus Foundation, please visit thesecurusfoundation.org.