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

We did it!!!

On JUNE 25, 2020, with bipartisan support, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that would allow many people with non-violent criminal pasts the opportunity to have parts of their record expunged.

Senate Bill 562, better known as the Second Chance Act, allows many people with non-violent criminal pasts to have their record expunged if they’ve gone 10 years with no new charges, served their sentences and paid their fines.

“We can give people who make amends for past mistakes the opportunity to clear their records. This bill offers that opportunity and a path to good jobs and a brighter future,” Cooper wrote.

A person who files a petition to expunge their record must pay a $175 fee. The process cannot start until a person’s sentence is complete and any restitution is paid.

The bill passed both North Carolina House and Senate unanimously with 119-0 votes and 47-0 votes respectively.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported this effort by writing legislators, participating in Lobby Days, and all the other things that brought this bill to the attention of lawmakers this year!!

Did you know?

Community Success Initiative is partnering with and supports the NC Community Bail Fund of Durham.

On June 19 (Juneteenth), Andréa “Muffin” Hudson of NCCBFD went to the bank and withdrew $100,000, which was used to pay the bail of more than a dozen men at the Durham County jail so they could spend Father’s Day with their family.

Many of those being held in jails across the country are only there because they cannot afford the bail set by a judge or magistrate. To get to go home before their trial date (sometimes more than A YEAR in the future) they need to pay, put up collateral, or hire a bail bondsman. Yes, most of those who are in our jail system have not yet been convicted of anything, and might very well be innocent.

AND – what is even better – if the person NCCBFD bails out shows up for their court date (which a very high percentage of individuals do), the money spent for their bail goes back into the NCCBFD fund, and can be used again to help someone else.


Watch the video above to see how this Juneteenth Father’s Day Bailout made a difference in several Dad’s lives. By not being in jail, they can keep their job, their homes, and their connection to their families

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Second Chance News

June 16, 2020 | COVID-19

The Second Chance Act, SB 562, is now on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, to either approve or veto. It contains numerous changes related to helping people expunge their criminal records — both for people who had charges against them dropped or, in some cases, for people who were convicted for nonviolent crimes but have since gone for years without getting in trouble again.

June 10, 2020 | COVID-19

North Carolina state prison inmates are likely facing unlawful “cruel or unusual punishments” in part because correction officials have failed to offer widespread COVID-19 testing within all correctional facilities, a judge said.

May 9, 2020 | Second Chance Act

Faye Brown, an inmate at NCCIW in Raleigh, died on May 6 from complications of COVID-19.

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!