What is The Reentry Initiative?
Founded in 2016, The Reentry Initiative is recognized for its unique, evidence-based process supporting individuals who are reentering the community from incarceration. In just four short years, TRI has evolved into a full-service organization. Prior to COVID we offered a six-month pre-release course inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility along with trauma and addiction treatment and other mental health counseling, which we will continue as soon as we are allowed back into the facility. At our Welcome Back Center in Longmont, we support both men and women by offering post-release wraparound services.
Based in Boulder County, Colorado, The Reentry Initiative empowers individuals as they transition from incarceration to a fulfilling and meaningful life. TRI is 1 of 19 reentry programs in Colorado funded by WAGEES to work with men and women parolees. Upon release we provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, classes on self-sufficiency and connect participants with mentors as well as housing, transportation, and employment. TRI is one of two programs in the state working with female inmates and the only one in Boulder County offering comprehensive wraparound services.
Our Co-Founder Deborah Simmons recently participated on a panel entitled Un-Caging Women, The Impact of Sexism in the Judicial System. This panel, hosted by Hope for Longmont included Rep. Leslie Herod, Pamela Clifton of the CCJRC and Deborah discussing the impact of sexism in the judicial system. This conversation will shed light on the challenge facing citizens reentering our community and the reasons for TRI’s commitment to the evolution from Surviving to Thriving.
Simply punishing the broken—walking away from them or hiding them from sight–only ensures that they remain broken, and we do too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.
Bryan Stevenson “Just Mercy`