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Without Walls

For those who are, or have been, entangled in the criminal justice system and their families.

MARCH 19, 2020


CSI is one of the groups advocating  for reduction in the number of people entering the criminal legal system and release of vulnerable people in prisons and jails to prevent a public health crisis

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Second Chance News

February 4, 2020 | Second Chance Act

On Tuesday, February 4, the Second Chance Alliance, CSI and the NAACP NC held Second Chance Alliance Night at Shaw University.

February 1, 2020 | Second Chance Act

On Saturday, February 1, the Second Chance Alliance launched its Wake County Chapter. Dennis Gaddy and CSI hosted the event in Raleigh. Over 100 people attended.

January 27, 2020 | Voting Rights

Rod Williams spoke from the heart. He also spoke from experience. Williams, on Saturday morning, shared his story of life after incarceration with community leaders who showed up at the Harnett County Public Library to hear more about N.C. Second Chance Alliance, an organization created to help people just like him.

On November 20,2019, CSI announced that is  part of a lawsuit against the state to restore voting rights to those with felonies in North Carolina.

WRAL covered this issue on December 27


Watch the Announcement Video below

Our very own Dennis Gaddy participated in the Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall on October 28.

Through a network of community partners, we work with men and women in prison, former prisoners, people in transition, and their families as they transition back into family and community life.

We provide small group trainings and individual mentoring in general life skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and areas related to transitioning back into family and community life.

Are you or one of your clients in need of such help? 

The hub of Community Success Initiative’s trainings consists of inspiring people to discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way.

The 15 Principles of Personal Growth and Leadership form the core of everything we do – training, engagement, mentoring and advocating.

15 Principles of Personal Growth and Leadership

to take you from where you are to where you want to be.

Principle #1

You become what you think about.

Principle #2

Maintain character and integrity at all times.

Principle #3

Discovering your spirituality and putting it into practice.

Principle #4

Develop and maintain a positive mental attitude and pleasing personality.

Principle #5

Establish worthy goals and review them daily.

Principle #6

Spend quality time with family and those that mean the most to you.

Principle #7

Establish a sound financial plan.

Principle #8

Take care of your body and overall health.

Principle #9

Read daily and increase your knowledge, skills and vocabulary.

Principle #10

Learn to laugh and have a sense of humor.

We convene gatherings where people with life experience with the criminal justice and prison systems can network, exchange knowledge and resources, and solve problems. Gatherings may be family sessions to strengthen family relationships or support and empowerment groups for prisoners and former prisoners.

We collaboratively convene round-tables for people to learn more about the criminal justice and prison systems from people with real life experiences. We also organize advocacy efforts around related issues.

The Community Success Initiative (CSI) started in 2004. Find out more about where it started, and how far it has come since then!