The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $1.75 million grant to the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice to enhance transitional services for inmates as they prepare to leave prison.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance award came through a competitive grant titled Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms. This award will help North Carolina continue implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011 by further integrating evidence based practices into programming in state prisons – particularly through the preparation of inmates for release and successful reentry to the community.
With this funding the state prison system will redesign its minimum custody levels to ensure inmates receive specific pre-release planning and preparation based on assessed risk and needs. A risk-needs-responsivity tool created by George Mason University will help determine programming needs and appropriate prison facility placement for high risk felons preparing for release. The grant funding will also be used to strengthen the evidence-based programming options for incarcerated felons and increase the number of local reentry councils established in the state.