Transition Services helps prepare individuals to navigate life successfully in their local communities. This includes helping incarcerated people develop the tools they need for successful transition and coordinating critical support services for justice-involved individuals living in the community.
Community partnerships and collaborations are an important component of the section’s efforts. To that end, Transition Services funds and provides oversight for local reentry councils that provide support services related to housing, employment, transportation, vocational training, and other critical life areas. The section also offers other reentry programs and services, including transitional housing.
Transition Services strives to remove barriers to successful community living and reduce recidivism. The ultimate goal is to help justice-involved individuals find gainful employment, secure stable housing, become self-sufficient, manage family responsibilities, and make positive contributions to their communities.
Transition Services can be reached at 919-324-6054.
Local Reentry Councils
A local reentry council (LRC) is an organized network of individuals and agencies that provide programs and services to support justice-involved citizens living in local communities. The LRC mission is to reduce recidivism and victimization, enhance public safety, create a network of individuals and organizations assisting justice-involved individuals, maximize the use of existing resources and services, and develop innovative responses to address gaps in resources and services.
North Carolina has 17 local reentry councils that serve justice-involved individuals in 19 counties. Typical services include assistance with housing, employment, transportation, substance abuse, obtaining personal documentation, and other basic needs.
A successful LRC relies on strong community collaborations and partnerships. A local executive committee governs the operation of the LRC, while an advisory committee helps to identify gaps in services and resources available from local service providers. Through an agreement with Department of Adult Correction, each LRC has an intermediary agency that provides managerial oversight, administrative support, fiscal accountability, and coordination of services.
Local Reentry Council Contacts
The Department of Adult Correction offers transitional housing for adult offenders that need a structured, positive, and safe environment as they gain the life skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
The Department contracts with vendors to provide transitional housing for offenders who are unable to find a stable community placement prior to release from prison. Transitional housing provides residents a place to live and facilitates participation in programs and services designed to remove barriers to successful reentry.
While transitional housing is primarily used for offenders leaving prison, it is also an available option for offenders already under community supervision who are homeless, living in an unstable or unapproved home, have no financial means to support themselves and could benefit from a more structured, positive, safe environment.
Placement in transitional housing is voluntary. Offenders who apply for transitional housing must agree to participate in all aspects of the housing experience and to comply with all requirements of supervision.
• Transition Services Contact Information
- Reentry Conferences
- Reentry Initiatives
- Second Chance Month Activities