Amazing Trip to Memphis

CSI Director Dennis Gaddy was part of a 40+ member conference in Memphis who came together, in partnership with the NC Justice Center and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to discuss the problem of consumer debt. CSI works with men and women who have difficulties getting their drivers license due to pending fees and fines. The collaborative discussed ways to get those fees and fines waived by various District Attorney’s offices and help to get drivers license rights restored.

While in Memphis, Dennis got to work out of the Peabody Hotel and visit the National Human Rights Museum and the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was assassinated. “Wow!”


Featured Resources

Prison Policy Initiative:

The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society.

Meet Frankie Roberts and LINC

The struggles of Marvin E. Roberts with addiction as well as his difficulties of re-entry after numerous incarcerations were the seed for the creation of LINC, Inc. by his brother, Frankie Roberts, and Tracey Ray.  They co-founded LINC, Inc. after Marvin’s unexpected death during a seemingly minor surgery in 1998 at the young age of 50.  Find out more about LINC!

Reentry Week: April 23 – 27, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April 23-27, 2018 as Reentry Week in North Carolina to draw attention to efforts to help formerly incarcerated people become productive members of their communities. Read More

Last year, Gov. Cooper tasked Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks with developing a reentry action plan to comprehensively address reentry issues and improve the transition for people returning from jail or prison. Established by lawmakers in 2017, the State Reentry Council Collaborative (SRCC) is comprised of a cross-section of private and public stakeholders who are working on reentry, including implementation of this action plan.

CSI has been an integral part of the SRCC. See more photos.

Help CSI’s latest fundraising campaign!

We are asking for your continued support helping our clients get second chances and to fight for fairness in the criminal justice system. You and your like minded friends can make a difference by committing to only $10 per month as a tax deductible reoccurring donation via your debit or credit card.


You may also mail a donation to Community Success Initiative, PO Box 61114, Raleigh, NC  27661.

Thank you for your support!  If you have questions, please contact Dennis Gaddy – Executive Director at  or 919-715-0111 ext. 239.

000001secondchancebutton-smaller_0Welcome To Community Success Initiative

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.

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

Raise the age

In March 2017, Wake board supported ‘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

Voting Rights

Living the Legacy – Dennis Gaddy

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.

CSI’s Focus

  1. Assisting those who are entangled in the criminal justice system to get back on their feet
  2. Reducing crime in the community.

CSI 11th year anniversary Triangle Tribune article

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

Our program of “Second Chances”

  • Creates wrap around support in the areas of jobs, housing education, and human services
  • Engages our communities to help by volunteering time, talent, treasure
  • Establishes a legal support network to help our clients with various legal issues, such as Driver’s License that create barriers to employments and family life
  • Helps to create entrepreneurship ventures for CSI clients
  • Trains other organizations about the fundamentals of building and sustaining a second chance program
  • Organizes advocacy efforts that help to promote policy and laws that remove barriers that men and women face who are entangled in the criminal justice system.

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

Just Who is CSI, and What Do We Do?


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.”

Finding Solutions For Mass Incarceration – The State of Things

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 (NCATR) 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.  READ MORE

Responding to the 2018 Second Chance Act Adult Reentry and Employment Solicitation

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center review the new grant program on adult reentry and employment. BJA will award planning grants of $200,000 …

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