Annual Reentry Events

Every year, thousands of individuals complete their sentence and need help transitioning back to their communities. Support comes from several sources, including a coalition of resources from government, nonprofit and business communities to address key reentry issues. The goal of successful reentry is to support individuals beginning before they leave incarceration so they have the support and tools they need to continue to build successful lives and remain healthy members of their communities.

Reentry events are held across North Carolina each year to help individuals successfully return to their communities and recognize Reentry Month. 

In 2019, the first annual Reentry Summit was held, which focused on sharing information and advice on how non-profit and faith-based organizations can effectively serve and support those returning to their communities after incarceration. 

Reentry Summit 2019

Reentry Summit 2019

The NC Department of Public Safety, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Governor hosted a reentry summit March 12, 2019 with the theme “Harnessing Hope for People Returning from Incarceration.” The summit focused on sharing information and advice on how non-profit and faith-based organizations can effectively serve and support those returning to their communities after incarceration. The summit featured discussions and speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities. More than 400 people from across the state met, networked, and learned from others who are involved with reentry to address solutions to challenges that justice-involved individuals face after incarceration.  

2019 Reentry Summit Resources 
Summit Booklet (includes schedule, speaker bios and welcome letters from Governor Roy Cooper , Attorney General Josh Stein and Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks)
Reentry Summit Resource List - additional resources to supplement the information shared at the Reentry Summit. 
Summit Participant List  
Call to Action Groups and Contacts - Get in touch with your Call to Action group. Send updates to Irene Lawrence  

Speaker Presentations and Other Resources *
An Intro to Jobs for Life - Shay Bethea
Building a Strong Foundation for a Reentry Council - Rebecca Sauter
Collateral Consequences Related to CJ Involvement - Lettisha Boyd
Concrete Methods for Advancing Equity and Opportunity - Lettisha Boyd
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women Frequently Asked Questions - Jennifer Jackson
NEW Reentry Council - Sharon Goodson
Relief from a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina - John Rubin
Renting with a Criminal History
Transition for Special Populations - Dr. Jean Steinberg
TROSA - Jesse Battle

This summit was made possible by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, North Carolina Correction Enterprises, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Governor, the State Reentry Council Collaborative, and the SRCC Faith/Community-based Workgroup, as well as the generous contributions of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. 

Reentry Month 2020

Reentry Month 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper proclaimed August 2020 as Reentry Month in North Carolina, a time to highlight efforts at the local, state and federal level to assist formally incarcerated individuals with a smooth transition back into their communities.  

“Our reentry work begins before individuals have completed their sentences and continues after they return to their communities,” said Nicole Sullivan, director of Reentry Programs and Services. “We work to make sure they have the skills to rebuild their lives, help them make connections to family and resources, so they can overcome barriers like housing, employment and transportation.”

Due to COVID-19, the Reentry Summit was held virtually with two online events on Aug. 11 and 18. The events were aimed at helping reentry service providers, justice-involved people, and local and state government agencies learn more about the reentry landscape in the COVID-19 era, so that they can give up-to-date information to their clients, utilize this information themselves, and replicate the partnerships described here in their local communities.

Virtual Reentry Summit 2020 Materials
Gov. Cooper’s Reentry Month Proclamation
Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order No. 158 – Furthering Fair Chance Policies in State Government Employment
Reentry Month Virtual Summit Agenda
Speaker Bios

Additional Resources
Driver’s License Restoration and Expunctions
NC Department of Public Safety Higher Education in Prison (HEP) Alumni Facebook group
Free Project Reentry Webinar Series
StepUp Employment Readiness Workshop
StepUp Durham