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TACKLE THE SHACKLES (TTS) is a National Coalition to bring about Better Second Chances and Reduce Prison Recidivism. The coalition also Promotes Criminal Justice and Prison Reform to ensure fairness in courtrooms, reasonable sentences, and that prison time is rehabilitative instead of punitive.

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The Triumph Book: BREAKING BARS

A resource to assist the release of incarcerated individuals across the nation, Breaking Bars will empower returning citizens to thrive as they are taught by the stories of those who have already successfully reintegrated back into society after confinement. It will also be a vehicle to break the stigma currently associated with the formerly incarcerated, helping employers and communities to enthusiastically welcome their return. A TACKLE THE SHACKLES Collector’s Edition will be used at fundraising events and autographed by the NFL TTS Ambassadors.

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H.O.N.O.R.

Helping Our Neighbors Overcome and Rebuild

Society is recognizing the humanitarian failures of mass incarceration and high recidivism. (70% nationally are returning to prison.) H.O.N.O.R. Empowerment Centers will partner with prison systems and local reentry support services to expedite the successful release of our Returning Citizens. TACKLE THE SHACKLES will raise substantial awareness and funds to operate these facilities nationwide and ensure we are all “Helping Our Neighbors Overcome and Rebuild.” (H.O.N.O.R.)

 
 

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THE TEAM BEHIND THE TACKLES

Lee Robbins

National Reentry Expert

Lee Robbins is a national reentry expert and Founder/CEO of Life Empowerment Enterprises, Inc., a Life Coaching and Certification Company. He is the 2019 Recipient of the National American Probation and Parole Association Spotlight Award. Lee is the former Community Coordinator for the Department of Community Supervision. 

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Melanie Davis

Summit & Media Director

Melanie Davis is the Founder of H.O.N.O.R. Mentoring, a reentry program that received both the 2019 Texas Governor’s Award, a Congressional Commendation and winner of the 2020 Peacebuilder Community Award. H.O.N.O.R. is an acronym for Helping Our Neighbors Overcome and Rebuild and is being implemented in prisons across the nation.

Jason Wysong

Outreach Director

Jason Wysong began serving in Prison Ministry & Reentry as a Mentor with C.R.J.M.A (Christian Restorative Justice Mentor Association) in 2015. Since then, he has served as a Mentor in 5 different Units & is the Founder & Volunteer Coordinator for one Unit in Texas. He currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of C.R.J.M.A.