Justice Involved

The NCWorks Career Center in Durham offers specific programming for eligible people with criminal backgrounds/convictions to aid in their transition back into the community and the workforce. 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about these programs, please call the NCWorks Career Center at (919) 560-6880 or contact Antonio Carrington.

  1. Transitional Jobs Program
  2. Business Program
  3. Training-to-Work (T2W)

Transitional jobs programs provide temporary, wage-paying jobs, support services and job placement help to people who have difficulty getting and holding jobs in the regular labor market.

The Transitional Jobs program is an expansion of the City Justice Involved Program’s current work experience. The program aims to support people who have little to no work experience and who need to support themselves and their families. It will provide structure and income, as well as skill-building opportunities and a means to enter the full-time job market. Those who enter this program will be able to earn wages while learning new job skills.

This program includes career readiness and human resource development training through Durham Technical Community College (DTCC). There are opportunities to gain occupational skills certifications and receive mentoring. Local employers are involved with this program. All job placements and mentorships reflect job skills that are in-demand.

Success Stories

  1. Success story: Cavin Smith
  2. Success Story: Patrick Holloway
  3. Success Story: Derek Cholon

Calvin Smith wearing his City of Durham uniform

Cavin Smith participated in the Welcome Home program. On his release from prison after seven years of incarceration, he was connected to all resources in the community. Through the Welcome Home program he was connected with the City of Durham’s Transitional Jobs Program and has been working for the City of Durham’s General Services Department for the past 4 years. 

Photo Gallery

Two staff assembling a box for the Welcome Home program
Staff member for Welcome Home working in the office
Welcome Home participant receiving his box
Staff member assembling boxes for the Welcome Home program
Welcome Home participant opening his box
Welcome Home staff member working on a laptop
Staff members at the expo sitting at a table with a "Welcome Home" sign
A side view of staff members at the expo's "Welcome Home" table
Staff at the welcome home table at the Transitional Expo
Decorative road sign at the Transitional Expo reading "Help" this way and "Advice" that
Transitional Expo attendees sitting at an informational session
Staff at the 2023 Transitional Expo
Banner reading "Warren Correctional Institution 2023 Transitional Expo"
Transitional Expo decorations modeled after a road and road signs
The contents of a Welcome Home package including snacks and toiletries
Staff member working on Welcome Home program

Learn more about how we support our justice-involved residents on CityLife!