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“Re-entry network for ex-offenders New headquarters”
Katy Trail Weekly — Scene Around Town May 12, 2017
Re-entry network for ex-offenders New headquarters REPRINT


“Re-entry network for ex-offenders New headquarters”
White Rock Lake Week — Scene Around Town May 12, 2017
Re-entry network for ex-offenders New headquarters REPRINT


“Unlocking DOORS' new headquarters and client resource center”
Mesquite News May 15, 2017
Recently Unlocking DOORSTM, Texas’ cutting-edge community reentry network for ex-offenders, opened new state headquarters and Client Resource Center...REPRINT


“Ribbon cutting for Unlocking DOORS' new headquarters”
Mesquite News May 14, 2017
A ribbon cutting was held for Unlocking DOORS’ new state headquarters and client resource center. REPRINT


“Non Profit Offering Ex-offenders The Tools To Stay Free”
The Dallas Morning News - Tasha Tsiaperas April 3, 2017
"It doesn't matter if you have a job. It doesn't matter if you're getting substance abuse treatment. If you don't have a place to stay every evening, your chances significantly spiral..." REPRINT


“Ex-cons Dumped In Downtown Dallas Stay Free With Help From Nonprofit”
The Dallas Morning News (Online) - Tasha Tsiaperas April 1, 2017
As many as 700 people are released from state prisons each month and bused into downtown Dallas, often with little money and no housing or job prospects.Without help reintegrating into free society, they could commit crimes again... REPRINT


“Inmates Get More Than Housing Help With Unlocking Doors”
KLIF-Online March 31, 2017
A plan is proving to be more successful than any other in getting former Dallas inmates back on their feet. “Unlocking Doors” is run by an attorney and the first woman to chair the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, Christina Melton Crain... REPRINT


“Dallas' Model For Keeping Ex-offenders From Returning To Prison”
WFAA March 31, 2017
"When I got off the bus [after being released from prison] I didn't have anywhere to go. I was essentially homeless. I called Unlocking Doors and I had a place to live by 8 p.m. that night," explained Terrell... REPRINT


“Dallas' Model For Keeping Ex-offenders From Returning To Prison”
KHOU March 31, 2017
"When I got off the bus [after being released from prison] I didn't have anywhere to go. I was essentially homeless. I called Unlocking Doors and I had a place to live by 8 p.m. that night," explained Terrell... REPRINT


“Organización En Texas Abre Las Puertas A Una Nueva Vida Después De Prisión”
Mundo Hispanico March 31, 2017
El costo de mantener a un individuo encarcelado supera los 17 mil dólares por año, lo cual es pagado a través de impuestos. Al ser liberados, los exconvictos no solo enfrentan los obstáculos de reintegrarse a la sociedad, sino también el desafío de encontrar trabajo y una vivienda. REPRINT


“SXSW is Full of Thrills. Pieces Tech is Giving it a Heart”
Yahoo Finance March 10, 2017
Through its unique and highly successful "Reentry Brokerage™/Data and Predictive Trends" program model, Unlocking DOORS works to reduce recidivism by assisting offenders... REPRINT


“Developing Leadership Skills”
GPSOLO September/October 2017
“Another of my former students, Christina Melton Crain, a woman lawyer now in Dallas, has created a new nonprofit endeavor called Unlocking DOORS to offer opportunities for the formerly incarcerated...” REPRINT


“Nearly half of Dallas inmates return to jail within 3 years. Can officials change that?”
The Dallas Morning News June 30, 2016
"It can seem hopeless to try to get someone to change in the same environment, but it's possible with the right plan and support, said Christina Crain, president of Unlocking Doors, which connects ex-offenders with services... REPRINT


“Locked up at 11, granted parole at 32”
The Dallas Morning News December 26, 2015
Christina Melton Crain, a former chairwoman of the board that oversees the Texas prison system, said inmates like Hood who have been locked up since childhood lack the life experience needed to function... REPRINT


“Outside Chances”
The Dallas Morning News August 31, 2015
Christina Melton Crain, the former chair of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, founded a nonprofit called Unlocking DOORS to provide intensive, long-term support to ex-cons... REPRINT


“Coming of Age Behind Bars”
The Dallas Morning News August 30, 2015
“They are growing up in an environment where it’s not OK to touch,” Jen says. “They don’t get hugs. They don’t have friends. They have associates. They really don’t learn all the things we’ve learned.” REPRINT


“Nonprofit Group Grants Ex-Cons a Second Chance”
Preston Hollow People September 2015
Its CEO, Christina Melton Crain, describes the organization as someone’s primary care doctor by first seeing how the person, who has just been released from jail or prison, is doing overall and then referring them to specialists... REPRINT


“Emotional Backing”
The Dallas Morning News May 11, 2015
The nonprofit Unlocking DOORS spearheaded the group and facilitates the meetings. The prison re-entry nonprofit works to reduce recidivism in the state... REPRINT


“Easing The Trip Back To Society”
The Dallas Morning News August 28, 2014
Crain said taxpayers are starting to realize they can’t continue pouring money and resources into an already crowded prison system. That mind-set, she said, has forced community leaders and politicians to take a closer look at re-integration... REPRINT


“Opening Doors, Christina Melton Crain of Preston Hollow starts nonprofit to reduce recidivism”
Dallas Morning News, neighborsgo.com July 18, 2014
Since its inception, the nonprofit has provided services to about 2,500 former prisoners. Crain knows of only one who's re-offended... REPRINT


“Q&A With Christina Melton Crain, Reducing Recidivism”
Life & Letters, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin April 17, 2014
Christina Melton Crain, Government ’88, is president and CEO of DOORS, a reentry advocacy nonprofit based in Dallas that focuses on reducing recidivism (repeat offending). She is the only woman ever to have served as the chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice... REPRINT


“Christina Melton Crain”
LAW Summer 2013
In addition to lending her time to a slew of committees and boards, she is fiercely devoted to helping the formerly incarcerated rejoin society through her nonprofit... REPRINT


“Unlocking DOORS™ Advertisement”
The Echo November 2016
Transitioning back into the community isn't easy...but it is possible with the proper guidance and tools! Let Unlocking DOORS open the many opportunities that are available to You! REPRINT LARGE FULL COLOR AD


“Where are you going to be?”
The Echo July/August 2015
This left an impression on my heart to know someone of her stature not only understood but believed in the potential hidden inside of us... REPRINT


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