Sec2Nd Chance Outreach 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 re-entry or recidivism (repeated behaviors or 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]
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.
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)