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Charlotte Talks: The Challenge of Transitioning Back Into Society Post Incarceration

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A substantial number of adults in our state are convicted felons who face major obstacles in trying to re-enter society.  We examine those challenges and what is being done to address them. 

For convicted felons, re-entry into society is difficult.  They face major obstacles when it comes to getting a job, finding housing and healthcare and becoming participating members of society.  20 percent of North Carolina adults have a criminal record including felonies. 

These obstacles result in high re-incarceration rates, making us all less safe and increasing costs to taxpayers. Thirty-five percent of offenders are re-arrested within one year of their release, and 47 percent of offenders are re arrested after two years.


Adam Gelb, director, Public Daftey Preformance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts

Tara Peele, executive director, SocialServe

Myra Clark, executive director, Center for Community Transitions

Erik Ortega, program director, LifeWorks!