Topics Related to Reentry

Dogs and the officers who handle them have played a key role in the North Carolina correctional system for generations. The dogs’ keen sense of smell, agility, and accuracy, along with the specialized expertise of their canine officer handlers, has helped improve facility and community safety in ways that may surprise many people.

The N.C. Department of Adult Correction honored its top Community Supervision employees during an event at NC State’s McKimmon Center on Aug. 22.

The third graduating class of the North Carolina Field Minister Program at Nash Correctional Institution received their diplomas on June 7.

More than 500 reentry professionals, advocates, service providers and local reentry council members participated in the three-day 2023 NC Reentry Conference. 

In black robes and mortarboards over tan prison uniforms, 13 offenders graduated from the Field Ministers program Wednesday at Nash Correctional Institution.

April is Second Chance Month in North Carolina, a time to focus attention on the challenges facing the more than 20,000 people returning to their communities each year after completing their sentences in prison. 

Did you know that around 25 percent of North Carolinians have a criminal record?  That usually creates consequences that most people are not aware of. People leaving prison are starting over. They frequently need a place to live, a job and support to re-start their lives. In fact, about 95 percent of people in prison will eventually return to their communities.

Second chances are important for both adults and juveniles who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

With new COVID-19 cases on the decline, prisons providing vaccinations to all incarcerated individuals who want the vaccine; and  vaccines now widely available in communities across the state; the N.C.

After making choices in life that led to prison sentences, participants in the Think Smart Program are sharing their stories with youth across North Carolina to convince them to avoid the same mistakes. 

Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed this week as Reentry Week.