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Overview of CSI’s activities

For an overview of CSI’s activities over the last year (2016) and the work that we have been involved in 2017, please click here.


Sat, Aug 19 from 11:30am – 1:30pm EDT Politics & Society

Members of the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement gather to address the recent white supremacy attacks in Charlottesville and the presence of hate groups with a history of violence in Durham.



Wake board supports ‘raise the age’ effort to limit teen incarcerations.


The Democratic-led Wake County Board of Commissioners is publicly endorsing a Republican-led effort that would keep more teenagers out of prison.

The Wake board, which is responsible for county spending, scheduled a press conference on Monday to support an effort in the N.C. General Assembly that would give the juvenile criminal-justice system jurisdiction over 16- and 17-year-olds.

North Carolina is one of only two states that currently prosecute people age 16 and 17 as adults. Read more here:


Living the Legacy

Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/15325841/#KOID51j4lmizy7FL.99 


“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.”



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 anniversary Triangle Tribune article

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


CSI concept video

CSI Community Success Initiative was was born in prison, and now has come into being, within North Carolina, aiding and assisting the newly released find their way back to families and society. The ultimate goal is that no one leave prison without a support network available to them, as soon as they leave the gates. This side of the razor wire is a far tougher place.


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.



Register for Webinar: Criminal Record Clearance and the Clean Slate Clearinghouse

Hosted by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Thursday, Nov. 2 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET For individuals with a criminal record, certain restrictions exist that affect their ability to obtain gainful employment, housing, …

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