North Carolina Joins Alabama and Missouri in Reentry 2030 Initiative

The National Reentry 2030 initiative gains a new member as the North Carolina governor issues an executive order on Monday.

Alabama and Missouri are the other states.

The Department of Corrections plans to work with other Cabinet agencies to provide resources that assist in “reentry services” in order to lower the rate of repeat offenses. Governor Roy Cooper, a second-term Democrat, expressed in a statement that “Many individuals who were previously incarcerated are enthusiastic about transforming their lives, finding employment, and becoming active members of their communities.”

Although it was not mentioned in his statement, Cooper acknowledged that implementing the order would come with certain expenses that would need to be funded. To address this, he plans to request funding from the General Assembly, which is currently controlled by the Republican majority.

Reentry 2030 emphasizes a human-centered, coordinated, transparent, and equitable approach on its website. Governor, Joe Gibbs, the founder of Game Plan for Life, commends the governor for providing individuals with a second chance and for his continued leadership on this matter.


Gibbs has established a prison ministry in the community of Nashville, located in Nash County. This is the place where Cooper was born and raised, growing up on a tobacco farm.

Cooper has set a goal for the state to achieve the following by 2030:

The goal is to boost the number of high school and postsecondary credentials achieved by incarcerated individuals by 75%.

The goal is to decrease the percentage of individuals who are homeless upon their release from incarceration by 50%.

Local Reentry Councils are essential in providing reentry assistance to individuals who have been previously incarcerated. These councils operate in every county across the state, ensuring that support and guidance are readily available to those who need it.

• We aim to expand the range of post-secondary degrees available in our facilities by 25%.

• We aim to expand our network of Pell Grant partners by 30%.

Make sure that every eligible incarcerated individual is given the chance to apply for Medicaid prior to their release.

• Incarcerated individuals should complete 50% more apprenticeships.

We aim to boost the number of second chance employer partners by 30%.

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