On Aug. 14, Gov. Roy Cooper visited a transitional house in honor of the new Face to Face Initiative, which encourages policymakers to engage with those who are knowledgeable on the correctional system.
Cooper visited the Pardoned By Christ (PBC) Transitional House, which provides ex-offenders with a safe and healthy environment while transitioning back into society. The governor toured the facility and heard about residents' experiences in prison and how their lives have been after being released.
“As we focus on enforcement, we must also prioritize rehabilitation,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians who have served their time for past mistakes should have opportunities to live purposeful, productive lives. Programs like the one I visited today help individuals transitioning out of the correctional system so that we can minimize the revolving door of incarceration that costs our state money, tears families apart, and often deprives society of the positive contributions that these individuals can make.”
Cooper has held incarceration issues as priorities in his administration. Within his budget, he has included "recommending an additional $9 million for behavioral treatment, support for local re-entry councils, and extending the length of time offenders may remain in transitional housing to help the successful transition of formerly incarcerated individuals back to the community," the press release said.
The Face to Face Initiative has materialized thanks to a number of groups including the National Reentry Resource Center, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime. The initiative supports political figures to meet with those impacted by the correctional system and gain an understanding of their experiences.