What is the Second Chance Advocacy Program?

Second Chance Advocacy Program, Inc. (S-CAP) is a jail re-entry and diversion program for female offenders who have been incarcerated in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Originating in the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office in 2010, this nonprofit program helps women leaving jail transform their lives by successfully navigating barriers to re-entering society. The primary objectives of the program include: 1) prevention of recidivism; 2) helping participants to become productive, working, responsible taxpayers; and 3) preservation of families. The program is unique in that it provides in-person support to assist, mentor and coach women upon release. S-CAP helps participants pursue further education, find jobs, secure housing, and navigate the court system. The program reduces the economic impact on the county significantly. With an average length of stay of 40 days, S-CAP saves Cleveland County approximately $500,000 each year by reducing the recidivism rate of participants from 70% to 8%.