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

Jul 11, 2018

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.

Guests:

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!