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Project Reentry Wins National Award


Workforce Development Center - Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem NC

“Project Reentry,” an ex-offender transitional services program administered by the Criminal Justice Department of Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), was honored recently by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) with a 2012 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.  The award was given in recognition of Project Reentry’s exemplary work in reducing recidivism and helping ex-offenders reintegrate back into society after serving active prison sentences.

NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are presented annually at the National Forum on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.  The awards seek out and highlight successful criminal justice programs from across the country that:

  • Address an important criminal justice issue
  • Demonstrate effectiveness based on program goals
  • Show effective use of federal funds to initiate programming and subsequent state and/or local support for sustaining/expanding
  • Can be replicated in other jurisdictions

Project Reentry’s pre- to post-release transitional services system model coordinates with the NC Department of Public Safety, local and district-wide Project Safe Neighborhood networks, law enforcement, employers, vocational/educational providers, health/human service agencies, faith based ministries, and community organizations and volunteers.   At this time, services are available in 20 counties and 13 prisons in North Carolina, and the program plans to seek permanent financial support for future statewide expansion.

Project Reentry is currently financially supported by partnerships between Piedmont Triad Regional Council and Project Safe Cabarrus and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, City of Winston-Salem, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, NC Governor’s Crime Commission, Statesville Housing Authority and Tri-County Industries, Inc.

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