Welcome To Community Success Initiativesecondchancebutton-smaller_0

We’re currently under construction for the next few days. We hope you enjoy the improvements..


Living the Legacy

“In 2000, Dennis Gaddy, a business man and law school graduate, found himself serving more than five years in jail for a poor financial decision. Gaddy turned his situation into a message, creating the Community Success Initiative in 2004.”
Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/15325841/#KOID51j4lmizy7FL.99 


Community Success Initiative (CSI) was founded as a non-profit corporation in May 2004 with a vision to work with men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.

Our Focus

  1. Assisting those who are entangled in the criminal justice sytem to get back on their feet

  2. Reducing crime in the community.

Community Success Initiative recently featured on WRAL-TV and Fox-50 “Tarheel Talk”, see following video clip.


CSI 11th year aniversary Triangle Tribune article

Click here to read the article, in pdf format, outlining the achivements of CSI over the last 11 years by the Triangle Tribune, Raleigh NC.


CSI Second Chance Program

To read about our program of “Second Chances”  click to get details here. If you, or you know someone who is interested in our program, you can feel free to contact us at 919-715-0111, ext 216 or email us at inquiry@communitysuccess.org


Check out our CSI “Who We Are” and “What We Do” overview video below.

Return on a Chance

Daryl Atkinson, Department of Justice Second Chance Fellow, and CSI member/supporter, has started a DOJ blog reporting his new perspectives and opportunities that he finds to “facilitate successful reentry by continuing to create secondary support systems with evidence-based reentry programming and public policies that remove obstacles to reintegration, thereby giving formerly incarcerated people a real opportunity at a second chance.” Read his blog here.


 Finding Solutions For Mass Incarceration

Raleigh NC WUNC Radio program, “The State Of Things” podcast here.  Host Frank Stasio talks with James Williams, Orange County public defender; Heather Thompson, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan; Tamar Birckhead, professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law; Dennis Gaddy, executive director of Community Success Initiative; and John Chisholm, district attorney of Milwaukee.

NCATR – NC Access to Recovery

NC Access to Recovery (NC ATR) is a voucher program that extends the current array of services and availability of providers in the state by providing treatment and recovery support services through the use of grant funds so participants can choose their services and providers freely and independently. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA-CSAT) awarded the ATR three-year grant to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS) in October 2014. The Division is contracting with Recovery Communities of North Carolina to implement this initiative.

Click here to read more.


Justice Department Announces First-Ever Second Chance Fellow, our Daryl Atkinson.

“During the meeting, I had the distinct pleasure of announcing Daryl Atkinson as DOJ’s first-ever Second Chance Fellow.  This position was designed to bring in a person with expertise as a leader in the criminal justice field – and as a formerly incarcerated individual.  Recognizing that many of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system hold significant insight into reforming the justice system, the Bureau of Justice Assistance – led by Director Denise O’Donnell – released a competitive solicitation that led to Daryl’s selection.” http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/second-chances-vital-criminal-justice-reform

Click here to view exciting news at CSI!—Job Fair held recently only for those wrestling with a Criminal Record.


News & Observer Newspaper, Raleigh NC, report on Second Chance Lobby Day

Groups such as CSI with the N.C. Second Chance Alliance to urge legislators to pass several bills that would give people with criminal records a better chance at a getting a job and staying out of prison. Read more here


Recent Reentry Forum, Burlington, NC June 6, 2015


Pic l-r : David Guice, Commissioner, Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, North Carolina Dept Of Public Safety, NC House Representative Garland Pierce, and current Leader of NC legislative Black Caucus, and Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative


CSI receives the City of Raleigh Human Rights Organization Award!  Read about it here and view the photo gallery.


“Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation features CSI in recent news.

Read the ZSR article at: http://www.zsr.org/impact/103/community-success-initiative


Dennis Gaddy speaking, August 23rd, 2014 – North Carolina’s Forward Together Moral Week of Action continues with a focus on Education and Criminal Justice.


New webpage devoted to other groups, like CSI, who are working hard to make a difference.

Please click on the URL to visit it.  We want to make sure that they are recognized. http://communitysuccess.org/community-groups-link-page


Re-entry Toolkit –

Criminal Justice Hangout On Air video

This video features an online interview with Dennis Gaddy, discussing the usefulness of the Re-Entry Toolkit with the NAACP National Headquarter’s Program Specialist Calton Mayers, who authored it.

And if you use google+ the national NAACP maintains a google+ “hangout” group at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ct2rma4va6pd3doi6jm8e5trc2g where this video is also presented with the interview with Dennis Gaddy.


Second Chance Lobby Day a Success!

Second Chance Lobby Day II — NC Legislature April 23, 2013

Click for details to Second Chance Lobby Day II 2013!


Fair Criminal Justice System | A Reason to Attend the Moral March on Raleigh

Dennis Gaddy addresses recent attempts by Legislature to bar the formerly incarcerated from the right to vote.




PNC Bank/CSI  Financial Management class. 

Photo of  our 1st  PNC Bank/CSI  Financial Management class on  April 22nd 2013, with Diana Benthall,  PNC Branch Manager, Ashton Square, Raleigh, NC (and CSI’s Banker). PNC conducts monthly workshops for CSI clients.


Dennis Gaddy interview with NC Policy Watch Chris Fitzsimon

Dennis Gaddy discusses Second Chances and helping formerly incarcerated people get back on their feet during an interview with NC Policy Watch Chris Fitzsimon. Click on the player arrow button below to play the podcast,  or click for a direct link to the interview.

Latest addition to CSI programs – CSI Legal Services Project

Community Success Initiative is piloting a direct legal services initiative to formerly incarcerated men and women or those currently entangled in the criminal justice system. We will work to provide legal remedies such as securing a driver’s license, obtaining certificates of relief, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and occupational licenses. Click here to read about this important project.

Michelle Alexander, Author of “The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, addresses the devastating impact that the mass incarceration of Black men is having on communities.

For a study guide to this video, we have an abriged 12 page version of “The New Jim Crow” that is free, or for the complete study guide, that is complete at 75 pages, which costs $10,  it is found at: http://www.sdpconference.info

“This groundbreaking book illuminates black Americans’ lingering suspicions of the criminal justice system. The false imprisonment of black men has its history in an ignominious economic system that depended on coerced labor and didn’t flinch from savagery toward fellow human beings. Blackmon’s exhaustive reportage should put an end to the oft-repeated slander that black Americans tend toward lawlessness.” –  See more at: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/the-book/reviews/more-reviews/#sthash.V3jkoOXH.dpuf

“A great nation is like a great man:

When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers.”  
– Lao Tzu


Permanent link to this article: http://www.communitysuccess.org/


Please click this link to open our calendar at Google in a new window.

View page »

New approaches to drug policy

Ethan Nadelmann, testified last week to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in a hearing focused on new approaches to drug policy. This lively roundtable discussion was a fantastic opportunity to explain why the drug war has been such a monumental disaster, and to lay out the steps we can take to …

Read more

Daryl Atkinson, Reentry and the Road Home

Daryl handling the moderation of US Atty general and others as part of his DC gig for next 18 months.  Visit the American Progress website for details clicking here.  

Read more

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)