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Community Programs Providing Alternatives to Prison and Jail

Communities across the state know that services such as housing, employment, substance abuse and mental health treatment are vital to any effort to reduce recidivism.

At $30,400 per year, prison is an expensive way to address criminal behavior. In addition, the vast majority of individuals who are sentenced to prison end up back in the community. That’s why community-based programs are an essential part of a “smart on crime” corrections system.

Supervision alone has not been shown to reduce recidivism – linking individuals to the appropriate services at the pre-trial, sentencing and re-entry stage of the system – is key to community safety and long-term rehabilitation.

Unfortunately, many services have been eliminated or cut back in recent years. Communities across North Carolina are struggling to preserve their services and many individuals are going to prison – at a higher cost to the state – who could have worked, engaged in the appropriate program and repaid the community. Those same individuals will still need services when they return.

Please join with us in advocating for effective, evidence-based services all across this state – that is the only way we can achieve the common goal of reduced recidivism.

Drug Treatment Court

Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) were developed as a national model to do a better job of addressing the way court systems deal with substance abusing offenders.

Pretrial Services

Pretrial Release Programs are funded by local county governments and are available in 30 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. They provide the court system with an alternative to jail (not prison).

Recidivism Reduction Services

These are state funded programs providing limited transitional housing, re-entry services, substance abuse services and substance abuse treatment at the county level for high risk/ high need individuals.

Residential Programs

There are several residential programs providing residential services specifically for the offender population.

Re-entry Programs

Few community services have been funded to help ease the transition from prison back to the community.