The Charlotte Observer Articles Shine Spotlight on CCT, Incarceration & Reentry

Reporter Devna Bose writes about marginalized people, underrepresented communities, racism and social justice for The Charlotte Observer. She and photographer Khadejeh Nikouyeh spent time recently  at the Center for Community Transitions and Center for Women, interviewing and meeting with residents, Executive Director Patrice Funderburg and Program Director Delilah Montalvo. Their efforts culminated in two in-depth,…

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In 2009, Ebony began a 10-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. Today, she’s a college graduate and owns a thriving transportation business. At the heart of Ebony’s successful journey from incarceration to reentry is the Center for Community Transitions, where she spent two years living at the Center for Women and taking employment readiness classes…

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Patrice Funderburg Charlotte Ledger 40 over 40

“Building People, Not Prisons” isn’t just the Center for Community Transitions tagline. It’s how Executive Director Patrice Funderburg models her path to leading transformative change within the Charlotte community — lowering recidivism, improving access and opportunities to sustainable employment, and disrupting the generational cycle of poverty to prison. The Charlotte Ledger recognized Patrice among “local…

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Most of the criminal justice conversations in our community are about policing and law enforcement, not on reentry, transition and reducing recidivism. But all of these topics are connected because issues with police result in pathways to incarceration.   In March, Executive Director Patrice Funderburg sat down with Queen City Nerve Editor Ryan Pitkin to talk…

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The successful second chance partnership between the Center for Community Transitions and Bojangles was one of the highlights of Fair Chance Conversations, a Levelset podcast featuring Executive Director Patrice Funderburg. Levelset works with companies, such as Bojangles, to minimize barriers to attracting and retaining high-quality talent. Team members Matt Joyce, Alex Love and Salomon Moreno-Rosa…

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Patrick Diamond

Patrick Diamond, a longtime and active member of Charlotte’s business, nonprofit and arts communities, has joined the Center for Community Transitions team as interim development director. For the next six months, he’ll focus on major gifts to raise $1 million for our agency through foundations, corporations, individuals and the faith community. Part of Patrick’s efforts…

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Patrice Funderburg, New CCT Executive Director

When I joined CCT as the agency’s first Black Executive Director in January 2020, I was excited about the symbolic transition after Myra Clark had successfully led the organization for over three decades. With an increasing national focus on criminal justice, I anchored my leadership focus on meeting the team and learning about and assessing…

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Jeff Korzenik, Chief Economist at Fifth Third Bank

As birth rates decline and the labor market tightens, the “richest pool of potential” in the economy are people who have been touched by the justice system, according to Jeff Korzenik, chief economist at Fifth Third Bank. Korzenik is a national advocate for second chance employment and author of “Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring…

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