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Reentry Programs and Services

Reentry: Removing Barriers, Building Strong Communities

In 2017, more than 20,000 people returned to their communities after leaving state prisons. That number will continue to increase, along with the number of people who are leaving federal prison or completing some form of court-ordered monitoring or supervision. The reentry process entails supporting these individuals as they work to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into their communities. These supports include 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 productive members of their communities.

Comprehensive reentry efforts reduce recidivism rates, enhance public safety, and strengthen our local communities. North Carolina’s Reentry Action Plan was developed in February 2018, with the goal of coordinating reentry planning and preparation initiatives.

North Carolina's Reentry Action Plan

Ten SRCC workgroups were established to make recommendations on how North Carolina citizens, governmental entities, advocacy groups, law enforcement and the judicial system, and faith communities can collaboratively address Reentry in our state.  The SRCC workgroups have completed the following draft recommendations for public review. This comes as a result of 5-7 months of meetings and research by the 10 State Reentry Council Collaborative (SRCC) workgroups. Click on the name of each workgroup to review its recommendation:

Advocacy workgroup recommendations
Education and Vocational Training workgroup recommendations
Employment workgroup recommendations
Faith/Community-based Organizations workgroup recommendations

Family Reunification workgroup recommendations
Housing workgroup recommendations
Legal workgroup recommendations

Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Health workgroup recommendations
Transportation workgroup recommendations
Women and Incarceration workgroup recommendations

The SRCC welcomes your comments and feedback on these draft recommendations.   Note: Budget numbers in these recommendations are estimates only and have not been verified.

All feedback will be reviewed and considered. Once the final recommendations are approved by the SRCC, they will be submitted to the NC General Assembly and the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.

In submitting your feedback, please include the following information:
• Your name
• Organization (if applicable)
• Workgroup and recommendations to which your feedback applies

We welcome any feedback submitted prior to the deadline, but all comments must be emailed to Irene Lawrence at irene.lawrence@ncdps.gov by 5pm on October 31st.