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StreetSafe

Keep ex-prisoners from becoming repeat offenders
When prisoners’ time is served, they typically return to communities without the basic skills and strategies they need to find jobs and stay out of trouble. More than a third will return to prison within three years.
 
With more than 37,000 people in North Carolina prisons and another 100,000 on probation, the number of potential repeat offenders is great.
 
Motivation, discipline and training can help ex-offenders stay away from crime. Less crime means fewer victims and stronger communities. 
 
Turning convicts away from crime, toward work
StreetSafe began in 2009 as a task force created by Governor Beverly Perdue and led by Attorney General Roy Cooper and state corrections officials. The task force brought together people from law enforcement, the courthouse, government, business, education, and civic and faith-based volunteer groups.
 
Through a series of meetings and discussions, the task force identified barriers faced by those with criminal histories. The goal was clear: reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders by giving ex-offenders the training, discipline, and skills to stay away from crime and work toward employment and self-sufficiency. 

How StreetSafe is helping
The task force approved recommendations, and a StreetSafe Coordinator in the Attorney General's Office is working to implement recommendations that have been identified as the most immediate needs: facilitating the development of local reentry councils that will coordinate resources for offenders who return to those communities; and fostering local nonprofit agencies with training and organizational support so they can provide services to offenders.

Local nonprofit agencies interested in learning more about working with offenders after their release from prison can contact Sterling Freeman at sfreeman@ncdoj.gov for more information.