Out4Life Sec2ND Chance Outreach A Reentry & Recividism Program

Out-4-Life Sec2ND Chance is a Reentry & Recidivism Program influenced by the growing social needs of the community in which it works. Utilizing an  an evidence-based approach the program aims to reduce the possibility of  reentry or  recidivism. Services include GED/ABE instruction, anger management, employment readiness, life skills/parenting skills, and Moneysmart.  

The criminal justice system should not end in incarceration; it should end in restoration, We have to take affirmative steps to make sure that re-entry into society is successful, not only because it’s the right thing to do, the moral thing to do, but it’s the safe thing to do for our communities. 

[Gov. Roy Cooper]

DCTS Inspire Clients to Change Self- Destructive Behaviors

Challenges Dealing with


Every one of us has had to deal with life in general our own way. Not easy for many, but we all tend to make do with our own personal capabilities and limitations. While some people go through life with savvy and finesse, some of us take the negative route and harm ourselves in the process. 

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We fall into lies and desperation, unhealthy or dysfunctional patterns, and we slowly dig our own graves. This is self-destructive behavior and many are formed by an individual’s deliberate choice, an acquired or developed habit, or even impulses that can’t be controlled. 

Common Self-Destructive Behaviors

Here are some common self-destructive behaviors women and even men, engage in.

Domestic Violence
Self-Injury or Self-Harm 

Addictive Behaviors

Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders

Money Blues

Spending money, you do not have (overspending)

No Self Respect

Costly D.U.I.

Drinking and Driving knowingly

Alcohol Abuse

Families F1rst...A Parenting Program

Families F1rst  is a parenting program in which parents learn how to communicate more effectively with their children. Learning techniques to discipline in positive ways, and to build their kids’ self-esteem. Parents also have the opportunity to share their method of rapport to help other parents.  DCTS offers Families F1rst Program for all programming. 

Target Population: Parents with Children ranging from age  5 -17 years old


Goals of the Families F1rst Program:

· provide support and information in ways that help parents become more capable and competent

· ensuring family choice regarding intervention options

· provide necessary resources and supports for parents to care for their children in ways that produce optimal parent and child outcomes

· enhance parents’ abilities to support their children’s development.

· Strengthen communication /interaction skills with child (ren)

Criminal Justice Corner

Evidence-Based Practices

At DC Transitional Services we believe we can serve our clients and  their families best through Evidence-Based Practices, treatment models that have undergone rigorous evaluation and have proven, effective results. One of those is the  Outcome Driven Approach which is an approach  that is outcome-driven and have proven effective results such utilizing the following as suitable for each individual case: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach for persons( youth) with multiple referral issues. Its elements include the following : 

  • psycho-educational
  • relaxation techniques
  • affective expression
  • cognitive coping
  •  cognitive processing
  •  behavioral therapy, and 
  • skills-building 

Multisystem Therapy (MST) has been demonstrated to be successful in helping young people between the ages of 12 to 17 who display serious antisocial behaviors and are at-risk of placement out of the home due to their behaviors. 

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an approach used to work with persons that may not present as prepared to change his or her behaviors.


Sessions Held 4th Thursdays 7 pm-8:30 pm

Out4Life Sec2ND Chance Offers

Program Goals & Target Populations:

Target Populations:  Adults: 16-25 

Program Goals: Out4Life program  goal is to (1) address functional problems associated with the client’s substance use disorder and/or cognitive problems; (2) are strength-based and focused on improving the quality of the client’s life; (3) focus on alleviating identified needs of the client and assisting with skill acquisition; and (4) develop, improve, or maintain natural pro-social supports and relationships in the client’s life, both formal and informal. 

Program Locations: 

  608 National Hwy, Thomasville, NC 27360,  

Educational opportunties

  • ED/ABE Instruction
  • Employment Readiness/Job Training 
  • Anger Management:t/Attitude Orientation  
  • Adult Life Skills...Parenting Skills 
  • (CBI) Financial Freedom ( MoneySmart)  
  • Note: Dates are Subject to Change

Who Can refer?

  • Department of Social Services
  • Churches
  • District Court
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • District Attorneys
  • Public Defenders
  • Private Attorneys
  • Self-Referrals.   

Incarceration Data:

 Each year roughly 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal or state prisons and 11.4 million people cycle through local jails. Nearly everyone who goes to jail and approximately 95 percent of persons in state or federal prison will eventually return home.  Although returning to the community may be inevitable, successful reentry and reintegration are not. Recidivism studies reveal that two out of every three people released from state prison are rearrested for a new offense and about half return to prison within three years. When reentry fails, the social and economic costs are significant – higher crime, more victims, increased family distress, and greater strain on state and municipal budgets. (US  Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health) 

Out4Life Sec2Nd Chance Program Commitment

 Our Staff is committed to leveraging current research, evidence-based practices and assessing outcomes for all of our programs. Research is a paramount element for programming at DC Transitional Services. Therefore, we proudly embrace a systematic and integrated approach to fulfilling our mission and vision.  The programs offered at DCTS  aim to educated and change negative behaviors, patterns of destruction while guiding and empowering our participants to make sustainable life changes that positively impact society.    

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