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Justice: Release, Reentry, and Reintegration 

The NCCDD  established goals and objectives to reduce the recidivism rate in its Five-Year Plan (2017-2021). These goals represent the most pressing needs as identified by stakeholders in North Carolina. Alliance of Disability Advocates has been given the opportunity to address Goal 3: “Increase advocacy for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.”

For more information, please see North Carolina’s Reentry Action Plan, 2018

As of February 15th, 2021, ADANC has been awarded a three-month extension due to the limitations of the COIVD-19 pandemic. We’d like to thank the NCCDD for their support in our work.

NCCDD Initiative: Justice Release Reentry Reintegration 2020


Our role with the NCCDD, NCDPS and other partners will demonstrate a significant reduction in the recidivism rate among incarcerated individuals with I/DD (II I/DD) who choose to participate. Alliance of Disability Advocates will use strategies developed in its successful federal prison model based on 1:1 peer support. Evidence supports our strategies and includes testimonials, letters of endorsement from the Federal Correctional Complex at Butner, and first-hand experiences of the former prisoners who received services and the staff who supported them.


Purpose and Goals 

ADANC will work to improve transition outcomes after incarceration for
individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). The goal is to reduce recidivism such that at least 80% of participants live in the community successfully for 7 years. Transitioning into and living in the community with the supports and services necessary to thrive is a component of this initiative.

  • 80% will secure a job interview, complete a travel training program, express satisfaction with peer support services.

  • Identify personal goals 12-18 months prior to release and;

  • Develop a plan to start acquiring the skills to meet those goals.

This initiative focuses on recidivism reduction (re-arrests, reconviction, or reincarceration) by expanding successful practices for reintegration into the community from incarceration for individuals with I/DD.


Individual Reentry Plan 

Our peer support program allows anxieties about reentry to be expressed. We sit with them, listen to their story, ask about their goals of:

  • Housing,

  • Employment, and;

  • Education after their release.

Our Community Inclusion Specialists (CIS) will establish a relationship with them and create an Individualized Reentry Plan that actively involves each consumer in the development of their goals for their life on the outside. ADA has firsthand knowledge and experience of what is required/needed for reentry as well as a peer support system that understands the struggles, apprehension, fear, and uncertainty of the reentry process. 




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Sharif Brown

Sharif Brown has over 20 years of personal experience because of a brother who has been in & out of prison, highlighting the need for effective reentry programs. He has assisted over 150 individuals at Butner, providing intensive reentry services for individuals released to the Triangle over the last 3 years. Sharif will be the project coordinator supervising the two staff; He will also carry a caseload and be responsible for program reporting and working with the Reentry Collaborative.



Adrian Boone was the first consumer of our Reentry program. This is his experience.


According to NCDPS, only 55% of inmates with intellectual disabilities have aftercare plans developed prior to leaving the prison system. We assume there are many inmates with DD who are not identified based on this language. Additionally, Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (Center for Health Equity Research- UNC at Chapel Hill) found incarcerated individuals placed in restrictive housing were 24% more likely to die within the first year of release from suicide or homicide, and 127% more likely to die of an opioid overdose within the first two weeks of release. With a recidivism rate of 41% for all inmates in restrictive housing within the first 13 months of release, the likelihood of successful transition to productive community life for an incarcerated individual with IDD (II/IDD) is extremely low.


This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.