The Bridges To Life program has been conducted in prison facilities since 1999. In more recent years, we have expanded our reach to other formats and venues:
Rehabilitation/Treatment Facilities: Over the years, we have received frequent feedback that in addition to helping offender participants deal with their criminal actions, the BTL program has a substantial impact on helping them understand what role drug and alcohol addiction may have played in their behaviors and choices. This feedback led us to create a modified version of our program geared to residents of rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, and homeless facilities. Read more here.
Peer-Facilitated Projects: To extend our program to prisons in the most remote locations, BTL created a peer-facilitated format. With the oversight of just one BTL volunteer, inmate participants come together to study and progress through the program on their own. In Texas, the program is primarily facilitated by TDCJ Field Ministers (inmates who have graduated from the theological seminary college located at the Darrington Unit), and has been well-received by prison system personnel and inmate participants. Peer-facilitated projects are currently conducted in 12 prisons in Texas and two in California.
Sex Offender Treatment Facilities: Until recently, Texas prison management did not allow sex offenders to participate in Bridges To Life. However, after much persistence and discussion with TDCJ management, we are now able to offer our program to offenders in the Sex Offender Treatment Facilities (SOTF) in Texas. BTL has completed projects at the SOTF in the Neal Unit (Amarillo) and Stringfellow Unit (Rosharon), with plans to expand into more SOTF's, including the Goree Unit (Huntsville), in the near future. Sex offenders in other states have participated in BTL projects since 2010.