Human Services & Consulting Agency

What isSec2NDChance Outreach

Influenced by the growing social needs of the community in which it works, DCTS has responded by developing the Sec2ND Chance Community Outreach Program which provides individuals awaiting trial and those on probation or parole evidence-based programs that will impact their current situation and reduce the possibility of recidivism. Services include GED/ABE instruction, anger management, employment readiness, life skills/parenting skills, and Moneysmart.  


Data:  Incarceration 

  • The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and also the highest rate in its history, with about 753 people per 100,000 incarcerated.


  • Schmitt, J., Warner, K., & Gupta, S. (2010). Center for Economic and Policy Research: The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration.


  • Guerino, P., Harrison, P.M., & Sabol, W.J. (2010). Bureau of Justice Statistics: Prisoners in 2010

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Program Schedule: 

Why Pretrial? 

  • Our justicesystem currently operates as a complex maze, with too many entry points and too few exits. As a result, many people enter the jail and stay in pretrial detention-unnecessarily, which increases their chances of being struck in the maze. In fact, each year nearly 12 million people are booked into U.S. jails. Mostly for non-violent misdemeanors; and more than 60 percent of prison inmates are convicted, largely because they are too indigent to post even small money bond amounts.
  • Even three days of incarceration can be too much, leaving low-risk defendants less likely to appear in court; and more likely to commit new crimes because of the stress confinement places on the fundamentals (e.g. jobs, housing, and family relationship.
  • Meanwhile, half of the highest-risk offenders or defendants go free by posting a bond under laws that currently hinder judges' ability to detain based on risk.
  • People who could safely await trial under community supervision are also more likely to be sentenced to probation (instead of jail) if convicted since they've already demonstrated good behavior under monitoring. By keeping nonviolent defendants out of the maze, DCTS can improve their outcomes. This is a more commonsense approach to justice, producing better public safety and saving money. 

GED/ABE Instruction:

Mon-Thurs 10 am-1:00 pm

Employment Readiness/Job Training

Mon-Thurs 1:00-3:00 pm

Anger Manager Management:t/Attitude Orientation

Thursday  (Evening) 6:00 -8:00 pm

Adult Life Skills/Parenting Skills (CBI)

Tues. 6:00-8:00 pm

Financial Freedom  ( MoneySmart)

Thurs. 1:30-3:30 pm  


DCTS PRRP activities:

(1) address functional problems associated with the client’s substance use disorder and/or cognitive problems; (2) are strength-based and focused on improving the quality of the client’s life; (3) focus on alleviating identified needs of the client and assisting with skill acquisition; and (4) develop, improve, or maintain natural pro-social supports and relationships in the client’s life, both formal and informal.

Sec2nd Chance Community Outreach

Out4Life Pre-Trial Release, Resource, Reentry, & Recidivism Program 


Who Can refer?:

District Court, Probation/Parole Officers, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, Self-Referrals. 

Target Populations:

Adults: 16-25

Program Goals:

DCTS goal is to significantly reduce the amount of time Adult Court System spends making arrangements for and managing cases of inmates or offenders who require multiple services. In return, the issue of jail overcrowding is addressed by a quicker turn-around time for inmates to be approved for pretrial release.  Therefore, freeing jail space for more serious offenders. Pre-trial released inmates will receive services necessary to address life issues that precipitated their criminal behavior while awaiting trial for pending charges. 

Program Locations:

All programs are held at DCTS  401 E. Main St. (4th Floor) location in Thomasville or DCCC Education Center 305 Randolph St. Thomasville, NC 27360, 

Is There a Fee?

There are no charges for any of the classes provided

Who is Eligible for PreTrail Services? 

Most offenders or defendants approved for pretrial release supervision are charged with a nonviolent misdemeanor or H/I felony offenses, but cases involving other criminal offenses may be considered. 

How long is Pretrial release?

The average length of commitment is 6-12 months for misdemeanor offenses and 9-12 months for felony charges. 

What Happens if the Conditions of Pretrial release are violated?

Defendants who violate Pretrial release conditions may be terminated from the program, re-arrested and placed under bond determine by the magistrate. 

What Happens when I go to Court?

When a Pretrial Release participant appears for trial a report will be submitted to the court which outlines the defendant's compliance with the program. A recommendation for sentencing will also be available to submit to the court. For a client who is in conformity with the program, a recommendation will also be available for court. For a client that has successfully completed the Pretrial release program, a report will be submitted advocating for a minimum, sentence.  

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