We are a

Resource Center
Without Walls

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

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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!

Second Chance News

December 27, 2019 | Voting Rights

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina law that prohibits convicted felons from voting until their full sentence is completed — not just their prison time — is being challenged in court with arguments that were successfully used in recent election-related litigation.

November 26, 2019 | awards

Dennis Gaddy, along with Dr. Wanda Boone, Together for Resilient Youth; Secretary Mandy Cohen, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis; Molly Diggins, State Director of the Sierra Club; Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins; and Don Waddell, General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, have received Attorney General Josh Stein’s Dogwood Award.

October 21, 2019 | Voting Rights

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against SB 7066, a new state law that requires the payment of all court-ordered restitution, fines and fees before people with felony convictions are allowed to vote. Civil rights lawyers filed suit again …