Creating Safer

Incarceration doesn’t define a life—
but a second chance can.

Navigating a successful reentry from the criminal justice system, though, is very difficult to do alone. It’s why The Way Back provides unparalleled, transformative reentry support to formerly incarcerated individuals to help them go from crisis to self-sufficiency.

Our Mission

The Way Back guides individuals newly released from incarceration to success in a new life with transformational support, services, and accountability. Through our work, we are empowering individuals, restoring families, and creating safer communities.

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The Way Back

Unparalleled and transformative reentry support for formerly incarcerated individuals.

The Way Back is empowering individuals, restoring families, and creating safer communities through a unique approach to case management and following clients on the journey of transformation.

Our support transforms lives through:

  • Reducing recidivism and poverty
  • Reducing substance abuse
  • Ending the cycle of generational incarceration
  • Countering the overarching effects of criminal justice system involvement


  • Reunifying families
  • Decreasing poverty and homelessness through self-sufficiency
  • Navigating the barriers to a more stable, successful future
  • Encouraging positive social connections

Our Programs

The Way Back’s goal is to reduce recidivism, generational incarceration, and poverty while providing solutions to barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face upon reentry. Our comprehensive programs include:

In Prison Program

In-Prison Programs

Our staff helps individuals prepare for life outside prison. Through regularly scheduled group meetings, we build relationships anchored in trust. These programs emphasize behavioral transformation through positive programming in safe, small group settings that encourage individual reflection and personal growth. These courses are specifically designed to offer individuals a means to change their thought processes, moderate negative behaviors, and practice more productive social interactions with those around them, even before they are released into the community.

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Women’s Reentry Initiative

We provide reentry support for women who have experienced substance abuse and are returning to the community from incarceration. Case managers provide comprehensive wrap-around services, including self-sufficiency development and family reunification. This program serves women with a history of substance abuse who are in the Dallas County Specialty Court SAFPF Program. Clients are provided mentoring from a Peer Support Specialist with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Intervention, whole-person care reentry support and case management.

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Re-Entry Program

We work with individuals returning to their communities from incarceration. Individuals receive whole-person care and case management with tailored interventions, services and support needed for stability, self-sufficiency, and long-term success.

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Creating a Powerful Impact on People’s Lives


Daniel’s Story

After sending 78 requests to transitional housing providers upon his parole, Daniel’s letters remained unanswered.


Kevin’s Story

Kevin found himself facing obstacles that not even his 15 years of miltary training could have prepared him for.

Receive inspiring stories about the life-changing work happening every day at The Way Back!

Recidivism impacts Texas’ families and communities

Children of Incarcerated Parents Home

Children with incarcerated parents are 70% more likely to become incarcerated.


Forty-four percent of returning citizens were re-arrested during the first 12 months after their release.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Home

251,000 people are incarcerated in various facilities across the State of Texas

Empower Individuals. Restore Families. Create Safer Communities.

Your gift helps The Way Back provide in-prison programs and critical support and services
to individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system so they can reach their
full potential and becoming self-sufficient, thriving members of our communities.