Transition Services

Each year more than 22,000 inmates are released from North Carolina's state prison system. Ninety-eight percent of the inmates in prison today will be released in the future.

Through its transition services and programs, the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction strives to prepare those inmates for successful lives as law-abiding taxpayers after their incarceration.

Transition services include an array of programs, services and activities designed to help an inmate who is pending release to live independently, to work, to secure and maintain a residence, to maintain health, to assume family responsibilities, to participate in community-based spiritual activities and to engage in a law-abiding, responsible lifestyle.

The goals of transition services are to lessen recidivism and to restore inmates to being productive members of society by:

  • removing barriers to successful community reintegration
  • ensuring post-imprisonment success through case planning
  • educating and informing inmates
  • developing competencies for independent living
  • changing inmate behavior
  • linking prison-based services with community-based services to provide a seamless continuity of services for the released inmate
  • enhancing inmate employment opportunities and stability and
  • mitigating identified risk factors associated with criminal behavior.