2 The Tar Heel Thursday, August 4, 1977
Troy Hones provides opportunity
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By JUDITH TILLMAN
Dick Jones (the name is fictitious) was convicted of
selling cocaine in 1973. He spent more than a year in
prison. Denied parole, he obtained an early release
from prison through Troy House in Durham, a
rehabilitation center for prison inmates. With the
assistance of the Troy staff, he found a job and decided
to return to cbllege. He received his bachelor's degree
from a local university in May and will enter law school
Troy House is a center for state and federal prison
inmates. It began under the name of Maynard House
in 1970, and was a rehabilitation house for mentally
retarded delinquent youth. In 1971 the house became
Transition of Youth, Inc. (TROY) and emphasized
vocational rehabilitation for delinquents 16 and older.
During the last three years Troy has evolved into a
rehabilitation center for prison inmates and recipients
of aid from the N.C. Division of Vocational
Inmates who come to Troy are usually men in their
early 20s who have six months or less of their sentence
to serve. Most residents live in the house
approximately three months.
A resident's first two weeks at Troy serve as an
adjustment period. A newcomer has time to get
acquainted with the staff and other residents. He is
required to begin to look for a job.
"My philosophy is to place the responsibility for
finding a job on the resident," Hadrick said. But he and
his staffquickly provide encouragement and assistance
when it is needed.
"Many employers are very interested in hiring
someone until they notice that he has spent time with
the department of correction," he said. "Then they
The counselors work individually with the residents
to help them find jobs and to help them learn of
opportunities for further education.
Curfew for Troy residents is 1 1 p.m. on weekdays
and 1 a.m. on weekends. Residents may stay away
overnight or for a weekend, but they must notify
Hadrick of their plans.
A recent study showed that only 13 per cent of
former Troy residents who had been in prison returned
to prison within a year after leaving Troy.
"Unfortunately, two former residents have gone back
to jail since the study," said Hadrick. "some of the men
who have lived at Troy seem like part of my family," he
said. "I hate to see" them get into trouble again." He
plans to initiate more in-depth follow-up studies soon.
Funding for residents is the center's most serious
problem. Under contract with Troy, the Federal
Bureau of Prisons provides $20 a day for each resident
who has not found a job. It pays $18 a day for each
employed resident. Each resident pays $20 a week for
rent. There are many inmates in prisons now who are
eligible to come to Troy, but there is not enough money
to fund them.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons began to refer
increased numbers of men to Troy House during the
summer of 1976. The house was full (nine residents)
during most of this past winter. Now there are six
"We have painted and made repairs and tried to
make the house look more like home," Hadrick said.
"We have a good staff and I think we're ready to roll,
but the whole thing will fall through if we don't have
enough money to bring men here from the prisons."
He hopes to gain support for the house from
Triangle communities. He is concentrating on a
summer publicity campaign and will begin fund
raising projects in the fall. He wants to create greater
community awareness of Troy House's purposes and
Hadrick has plans for increasing Troy House
activities. He hopes to complete a basketball court
which was started in the spring. Construction on the
court stopped several weeks ago because money tor the
project ran out. He would also like to hire a
psychologist to lead regular group discussions among
Troy House board member David Eckerman indicates that the
most important thing is to keep communication open ana siay in
tune with the community. Staff photo by L C. Barbour
Hadrick periodically meets with the Troy board of
directors to discuss publicity and fund raising. Board
members include John Lennon, North Carolina
Central University dean of men, board president;
Adrienne Fox, Durham Legal Aid Society, and David
Eckerman, associate professor of psychology, UNC.
Hadrick and Eckerman emphasized Troy efforts to
maintain a good rapport with the local community.
"The most important thing is to keep communications
open, to stay in tune with the community," Eckerman
said. Hadrick stressed that the local neighborhood is
very receptive of Troy house residents. "We have some
very good neighbors," he said.
Hadrick is encouraged by Troy's success in helping
its residents become re-established in jobs and
community activities. "We need to raise money and
bring more men to Troy. We have room for three more
men right now. I hope we can afford to fill those places
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