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Prison Re-entry
Instead of asking, "How do we keep 'bad' people out of our communities?", the question can be redirected. "How do we bring good people back?" Crime is nothing new. In fact, it's as old as life itself. And, urban areas are particularly challenged since a majority of ex-prisoners return to cities looking for employment, housing and a second chance. Confronted with the high toll that incarceration takes on individuals, families, victims and the economy - cities need help.
We desire to see communities fully collaborating in building and implementing effective strategies to reintegrate formerly incarcerated men and women returning to their cities. We expect to bear witness to the rise of "Restorative Churches" within communities who form an integral part of the re-entry continuum. With careful collaboration between organizations, each working within their own areas of expertise, we can develop new ways to address the ongoing needs of individuals and their communities impacted by incarceration.
By offering caring ministry, biblical counseling, quality mentoring and accountability that begins inside prisons - and continues through a prisoner's release - we hope to shift the focus from just dealing with urban problems to exploring effective solutions.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Speaker: Candy Bradshaw
Candy Bradshaw is Program Director at Harmony Community Development, a faith-based community non-profit whose mission is to strengthen families and revitalize communities. Harmony CDC partners with Concord Church's Prison Ministry to identify, assess and address the needs of individuals being released in the South Oak Cliff area of Dallas. The goal is to develop and execute a plan that leads to their self-sufficiency. The collaboration with various community and governments entities allows Harmony to meet the vast needs of returning citizens through direct services, partnerships, and referrals to other resources.
Speaker: Christina Melton
Christina MeltonChristina Melton Crain serves as the President and CEO of Unlocking DOORS, Inc., a comprehensive statewide reentry network that, through collaborative efforts with a directory of community partners statewide, provides case management and/or referrals/resources to individuals locally, statewide and throughout the United States who are at least 18 years of age and have a criminal record; reentry training and education to community/state/federal partner service providers, criminal justice professionals, policy makers/stakeholders and the public regarding reentry and integration issues, tools, policies, and evidence-based practices; and collects, maintains and evaluates/analyzes evidence-based and community impact data for use by policy makers and all stakeholders in determining effective and thoughtful funding, policies and legislation. She is the Immediate Former Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice - the oversight board for the incarceration, parole and probation of Texas adult felons - becoming the first woman ever to lead the nine-member board, a position she held until May of 2008. She has a prison named in her honor in Gatesville, Texas.
Speaker: Phillip Dautrich
Phillip Dautrich is currently the re-entry coordinator for the InenrChange Freedom Initiative for Prison Fellowships largest faith based re-entry program located in Sugarland, Texas. Phillip has been instrumental in training, coordinating, and developing mentor programs for InnerChange over the past 10 years.

Phillip has held various positions within the ministry of Prison fellowship over the past 16 years, including Executive Director of operations for Prison Fellowship UK, Prison Fellowship National Director of the National Resource center, and Program Manager for the Innerchange program.

His educational background includes a BS in corrections and police Science from the Sam Houston State University in 1991, and teaching certification from Sul Ross State University.

Mr. Dautrich's home church is Houston Second Baptist Church where he has served in the deaconate for the past 10 years. He has been married to his wife, Julie Dautrich for 24 years and has three children, Kalin, Kaleb and Kason.
Track Leader: Mercury Bynum
Mercury BynumMercury Bynum, who joined Prison Fellowship 4 years ago, currently serves as Area Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries, overseeing ministry operations for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Prior to Prison Fellowship, Mercury served as National Field Relations Director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, overseeing program development and implementation, fundraising, staff and volunteer management, and public policy efforts, for a 12 state territory. Mercury is the founding pastor of Remedy Church Dallas/Ft. Worth, an SBTC congregation located in Cedar Hill, TX.
Contact: Mercury_Bynum@pfm.org | 469-232-8013
Track Leader: Chris Pipkin
Chris PipkinChris Pipkin serves as Senior Pastor of Oasis on The Mount Christian Healing Center in Garland, Texas. He is also a re-entry specialist for Prison Fellowship Ministries North Texas Region and has been in this position since April of 2008.