Out4Life Sec2nd Chance Program

Reentry & Recidivism Program

Out-4-Life Sec2nd Chance is a Reentry & Recidivism Program that works with  justice served individuals and families with loved ones incarcerated. Utilizing an  hands on  approach, the program aims to reduce the possibility of reentry or recidivism (repeated behaviors/activities)., while exploring factors that lead to recidivism.  The services are Inclusive of  preventive measures, GED/Adult Basic Education  instruction, anger management, employment readiness, life skills/parenting skills, and Money smart. 


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]

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 Opportunities

  • ED/ABE Instruction
  • Employment Readiness 
  • Anger Management/Attitude Orientation  
  • Adult Life Skills...Parenting Skills 
  • (CBI) Financial Freedom ( Money Smart)  
  • 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) 

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Families F1rst Parenting Program

Families F1rst  is a parenting program in which parents of children between 5-17 years of age learn how to communicate more effectively with their children. Learning techniques to discipline,  prepare meals,build their kids’ self-esteem in positive and healthy ways, and to  Parents also have the opportunity to share their method of rapport to help other parents and learn how to prepare healthy   DCTS offers Families F1rst Program for all programming.

Families F1rst  classes are for 6-weeks.   Participants may be referred by court,Department of Social Services or drop in. 

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 

-Teach positive ways of eating and preparing meals 

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

· Strengthen communication /interaction skills with child (ren)

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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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