Second Chances–We All Deserve One

The Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI) is a 12 month program that strives to assist offenders once they are released from prison.  The program helps clients with basic needs such as finding meaningful employment and housing.  One thing that sets TORI apart from other such programs is their offering of mentorship and spiritual guidance.

TORI graduation

TORI is a spin-off of the Potter’s House prison ministry and was started in 2004 by Bishop T. D. Jakes.  The initiative has serviced over 7,000 offenders both male and female with only 8 to 10 percent returning to prison.

The 12 month program culminated with a graduation ceremony with pomp and circumstance.  Judge Greg Mathis of television fame was the graduation speaker this year.


Second chances should be earned, and the graduates of TORI have earned theirs.  Here’s hoping they remember “thisis(their)yourbestyear”.



  • Edwina Putney
    March 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    That is an amazing record, only 8-10 returned to prison out of over 7,000 served! Truly a program worth replicating.   Edwina

    • thisisyourbestyear
      March 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      This is a wonderful program. The majority of the graduates have jobs.


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