ABOUT TRUTH BE TOLD

Since 2000, Truth Be Told has been addressing a documented service gap in the carceral system for programs designed by women for women. Our gender-responsive programs address the unique risk factors that lead women into the criminal legal system — namely, high rates of interpersonal violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, and histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Through programs that weave together elements of restorative justice, healing through storytelling, life skills and self-care tools, Truth Be Told empowers women to break free from the imprisoning narrative of past trauma and abuse. Post-release, we offer our program graduates safe community, emotional support, and personal and professional development opportunities. 

In March, in response to COVID-19, we redesigned our prison programs as a mail correspondence curriculum to continue delivering vital mental health support to women subjected to extreme isolation due to an indefinite, statewide suspension of in-person family visitation and volunteer services. We also began the process of evaluating all programs and policies through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to deepen mission impact and, thereby, best serve the community.

OUR SCOPE AND IMPACT

We offer programs at four women’s prisons and one jail in Central Texas. A review of 15 years of Texas Department of Criminal Justice data revealed that 86.2 percent of Truth Be Told graduates remain free three years after their release from prison. Our graduates track a lower recidivism rate than the state’s average for women.


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ABOUT TRUTH BE TOLD

Since 2000, Truth Be Told has been addressing a documented service gap in the carceral system for programs designed by women for women. Our gender-responsive programs address the unique risk factors that lead women into the criminal legal system — namely, high rates of interpersonal violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, and histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Through programs that weave together elements of restorative justice, healing through storytelling, life skills and self-care tools, Truth Be Told empowers women to break free from the imprisoning narrative of past trauma and abuse. Post-release, we offer our program graduates safe community, emotional support, and personal and professional development opportunities. 

In March, in response to COVID-19, we redesigned our prison programs as a mail correspondence curriculum to continue delivering vital mental health support to women subjected to extreme isolation due to an indefinite, statewide suspension of in-person family visitation and volunteer services. We also began the process of evaluating all programs and policies through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to deepen mission impact and, thereby, best serve the community.

OUR SCOPE AND IMPACT

We offer programs at four women’s prisons and one jail in Central Texas. A review of 15 years of Texas Department of Criminal Justice data revealed that 86.2 percent of Truth Be Told graduates remain free three years after their release from prison. Our graduates track a lower recidivism rate than the state’s average for women.