Legislative Mandate for Reentry Councils
In 2010, the NC General Assembly created the Joint Select Committee on Ex-Offender Reintigration into Society. This legislative committee made several recommendations, including the development of local reentry councils which eventually became the basis for SB 141 (SL 2012-168, Section 5(b) and (c)). This bill reads:
“SECTION 5.(c) During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Research and Planning Section of the Department of Public Safety shall work with local communities to form up to 10, but not less than three, local reentry councils to develop comprehensive local reentry plans, to document and maximize the use of existing services, and to supervise and coordinate innovative responses to the reintegration of ex-offenders at the local level. The Section shall also form a State-level advisory group with broad representation of involved State agency leadership, service providers, and program recipients.”
We have a working document we’re using as the plan for reentry in Wake County. Take a look! There will be holes – but we’re working on it!