North Carolina Division of Prisons
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Last Updated April 15, 2009

 Prison Program Description: Think Smart Program

PurposeThe Think Smart Program is operated by the Division of Prisons as a crime prevention program. Carefully selected and trained minimum custody inmates speak in schools, to civic groups and to other public gatherings relating the personal experiences that led to their confinement.
Criteria for ParticipationMinimum custody inmates volunteer to participate in the program and are selected by Division of Prisons staff.

Adult inmates may not be brought to a juvenile detention center to speak or provide a Think Smart presentation. Court ordered probationer tours for juvenile offenders (accused or adjudicated in the juvenile justice system) may not take place at any prison in our state.

Program OperationPersons in North Carolina wanting to schedule a Think Smart presentation may contact the local minimum security prison's Think Smart coordinator or the Division of Prisons Office of Citizen Participation. Local law enforcement crime prevention officers or Division of Prisons staff accompany inmates to the presentation.

The phone number for the Division of Prisons Office of Citizen Participation is (919) 838-3613.

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