The National Incarceration Association, Inc.

Connecting Communities for Justice Reform

aka The NIA   |   Alpharetta, GA   |
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The National Incarceration Association, Inc.

EIN: 81-3901056


The National Incarceration Association (NIA) helps families navigate the journey of incarceration with positive outcomes, and pushes innovations throughout justice systems to correct, rehabilitate, cure, and restore, for greater public safety for all. The NIA envisions that the justice and corrections system of the United States becomes a system of dignity, safety, and progressive personal improvement for all involved.

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Kate Boccia

Main address

PO Box 4033

Alpharetta, GA 30023 USA

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Subject area info

Rehabilitation of offenders

Offender re-entry

Justice rights

Population served info



Incarcerated people

NTEE code info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The NIAs restorative reentry and justice reform efforts have never been more critical, as assaults, murder, gang violence, and suicide rates have soared at prison facilities across Georgia. Georgia has the 5th highest rate of prisoner deaths in state prisons nationwide (BJS 2021). Returning citizens begin their reentry journey at a severe disadvantage. According to the GDC, the average released individual in 2022 was 38 years old with very limited education - only about 10% have attained education beyond a high school diploma or GED. At least 1 in 4 individuals were already unemployed or had never worked prior to prison, and 1 in 4 were utilizing mental health therapy services prior to release. Citizens with criminal records experience widespread discrimination in countless areas of their lives beyond prison, leaving them homeless or prone to rearrest. This presents a bleak outlook for the people re-entering these communities, especially with no support system in place.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conflict Mitigation and Personal Interactive Rehabilitation (CPR) - direct service

CPR is the NIA's flagship program and intake tool for the Restart Connector. Through CPR, our staff resuscitates incarceration-impacted families and individuals daily, helping them navigate the justice system, overcome challenges for which they have no answer, connect them to resources, and overall strengthen their capacity - as community members and consumers.

The goals of CPR are to keep people safe while incarcerated, and to help them develop capacity and potential. Through our work, we see first-hand the negative impacts incarceration has on our loved ones. We help mothers and fathers, husbands and wives find solutions to the problems their loved ones are facing in prison and once they come home, working to ensure safety and a pathway to community reentry and restoration, all while tracking clients' backgrounds, situations, and which programs / approaches they respond to positively or negatively during their reintegration.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

The NIA's Restart Connector (RC) addresses the biggest problem we see for public safety - recidivism. Through the RC, we integrate an otherwise disconnected community of service providers and stakeholders to create long-term interventions for formerly incarcerated individuals in Georgia.

This unique model combines all critical elements of reentry services, including:

- Client enrollment and NIA caseworker assignment 3-6 months pre-release to assess needs and create customized intervention plan
- Connection to program partners (dignified transitional housing, mental health and substance use treatment, employment, financial literacy, family support, adherence to parole/probation requirements etc.) immediately post-release
-Case management for 3+ years to ensure sustained community reentry
-Trauma-informed peer connections to support, recognize, and address triggers

The long-term impact will be sustainable reintegration into families, communities, and a single-digit recidivism rate.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Approximately 17,000 people are released from Georgia prisons each year only to face a housing crisis. If formerly incarcerated people are legally and financially excluded from safe, stable, and affordable housing, they cannot be expected to successfully reintegrate into their communities.

The NIA believes formerly incarcerated or unhoused persons deserve dignity and respect and must be supported so they will prosper and add value to their communities. Our WWH program model is unique. Returning men and women live in nicely-furnished, comfortable, well-maintained homes that are unlike traditional halfway houses that pack residents together with little regard for their dignity or the tracking of applied strategies of wrap-around services.

The NIA's Whole-Way Housing program provides safe, affordable and restorative housing for formerly incarcerated persons while connecting them to resources to rebuild lives, families, and communities.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Homeless people
Low-income people

The NIA's If Moms Ran Prisons initiative is a public awareness and education project that will encourage advocacy, policy reform and operational innovations within the carceral system, shining a light on the detrimental impact of mass incarceration.

By convening focus groups of individuals whose lives have been touched by incarceration and who can speak directly to the trauma experienced behind bars and by the families who lost a loved one to incarceration, we will highlight the systemic changes that are necessary.

The product will be a clear blueprint for decision makers to improve prison operational policies and conditions, amplifying the voices of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. The initiative's goal is to promote more accountability and transparency throughout the state of Georgia, and in turn improve and stabilize individuals and communities for greater public safety.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conflict Mitigation and Personal Interactive Rehabilitation (CPR) - direct service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our clients include all the people we support who are impacted by incarceration, including the (formerly) incarcerated persons themselves, as well as their supportive loved ones.

Number of inmates served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Restart Connector (RC) - direct service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The NIA supports individuals and families during the difficult journey of incarceration. Through addressing system gaps, best practices, measurable outcomes, and lived-experience empathy we particularly invest in underserved, and under-informed communities to strengthen support circles for successful reintegration.

The NIA was founded in 2016 to address issues that traditionally voiceless families face while a loved one is incarcerated. Our highly dedicated team of professionals, most with lived experience, are the driving force behind our movement. With boots on the ground, in the cloud and at our headquarters in metro Atlanta, we work tirelessly to address the most challenging of family stabilization issues.

Our goal is to support incarcerated persons during their devastating journey and beyond, and end the crippling economic and social cost of mass incarceration as we know it from the perspective of families so as to:

1. Keep people safe and develop their potential while incarcerated and post-release
2. Grow the sustainability and capacity of the families impacted by incarceration
3. Increase the reformative success of our justice system and our correctional institutions to reduce the need for the current number of correctional institutions to exist
4. Improve strategies, processes, and policies to ensure public safety while eliminating unnecessary and unreasonable collateral consequences to having been incarcerated

As a resource hub for court-involved individuals and their families, the NIA takes a three pronged program approach to carceral reform:

- Provides direct case management to incarcerated and returning citizens
- Creates meaningful educational campaigns, lifting up the voices of directly impacted people to change the narrative about incarceration and highlight the harm mass incarceration causes; and
- Develops partnerships to advance restorative justice reforms.

The NIA does not seek to reinvent the wheel by simply duplicating existing evidence-based strategies. The NIA's distinctive resolve is to help facilitate the integration of assets among the many successful strategies so as to eliminate the systemic fragmentation that works against aggregate, yet marginal gains. We are creating a "Red Cross" model for the individuals and families we serve - taking them in one by one, responding to their immediate desperation and connecting them to resources for long-term stability and restoration, while holding their hands along the way.

Our work is threefold:

Direct Services: Our inbound call center provides direct case management for incarcerated people and their loved ones. In addition, we provide comprehensive trauma-informed, peer-supported reentry services (incl. dignified housing, mental health counseling, access to healthcare, life skills, financial training, job placement, and more), all within a holistic, family-stabilizing framework.

Awareness and informed empathy campaigns: The NIA seeks to narrow the empathy gap between the incarcerated and the public with ongoing mass communication and interactive events. Through educational outreach and advertising campaigns, showing the humanity and plight of those in prison and encourage policymakers to prioritize justice reform.

Partner initiatives: The NIA facilitates partnerships with non-profit and community allies, and also with local and state justice administrators, opening lines of communication for approaches to complicated challenges, such as voter disenfranchisement, sex offender registry reform, workplace biases, expungement and records restriction review, and more. We connect businesses, non-profits, faith communities and government, creating an effective ecosystem for social justice measures that influence systemic policy reform across jurisdictions.

The core of NIA's work centers on family stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration of incarceration-impacted persons. The NIAs principles of restorative justice creates the framework to rebuild the persons soul, repair the damage they caused as much as possible, and remember their responsibility to be accountable for their actions, knowing they have the power to stop any behaviors that caused incarceration and replace those with actions that heal, instead of hurt others.

Lifting up the stories of our clients and staff, we call attention to the plight of those impacted by incarceration and the myth that those inside "deserve what they got." Our advocacy seeks to narrow the empathy gap between incarcerated individuals and the public, bearing witness to the fact that incarceration does not just impact those with direct system experience but all of us as a society, and that meaningful justice reforms will benefit our communities as a whole.

The NIA operates as a connector of the communities of families, advocates, service providers, policy makers and business stakeholders in the pursuit of public safety and criminal justice reforms. The NIA seeks to deeply explore the needs and gaps in services focused on the causation factors associated with mass incarceration and recidivism. The NIA seeks to help fill these needs and gaps through direct constituent services and a continuum of vetted and connected referral services. Toward this end, the NIA also initiates, facilitates and manages a host of connected projects and programs in concert with an array of working partners and compassionate stakeholders.

More than 90% of NIA staff and volunteers are formerly incarcerated individuals or immediate family members of incarcerated individuals. Being able to relate to the kind of trauma one experiences in prison connects us more deeply to those we care for, and it guides, inspires, and motivates us.

In 5 short years, the NIA has attracted the attention and the working interests of scores of agencies and organizations as an authority with distinctive prowess in approaching problems and innovating systems. We have mapped out resolutions to hundreds of issues resulting in a customer/client portfolio of over 1,800 families who are becoming stronger, healthier and more productive.
Our sought-after and active engagement among poly-sector partners include over 20 active and completed initiatives and task force engagement.

Our work has calmed and steadied mothers and fathers of incarcerated persons and helped provide much-needed resources for individuals in prison. We stabilize families and support returning citizens with building healthy, productive lives post-release.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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The National Incarceration Association, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 NIA 990 2022 2021 NIA_990_2021 2020
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.11 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.6 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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The National Incarceration Association, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The National Incarceration Association, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $6,668 $7,367 $17,371 -$117,880 -$102,335
As % of expenses 3.0% 7.2% 15.3% -110.0% -74.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $6,668 $7,367 $17,371 -$117,880 -$102,335
As % of expenses 3.0% 7.2% 15.3% -110.0% -74.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $230,232 $109,718 $148,861 $189,249 $35,370
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -52.3% 35.7% 27.1% -81.3%
Program services revenue 7.4% 31.9% 28.2% 4.1% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 92.6% 68.1% 37.5% 16.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 0.0% 0.0% 34.3% 79.2% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $223,564 $102,351 $113,406 $107,129 $137,705
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -54.2% 10.8% -5.5% 28.5%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 9.7% 34.3% 46.6% 73.9% 49.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 87.2% 55.0% 30.0% 3.3% 1.5%
All other expenses 3.1% 10.8% 23.4% 22.8% 48.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $223,564 $102,351 $113,406 $107,129 $137,705
One month of savings $18,630 $8,529 $9,451 $8,927 $11,475
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $242,194 $110,880 $122,857 $116,056 $149,180

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.6 2.2 3.9 13.3 1.4
Months of cash and investments 0.6 2.2 3.9 13.3 1.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.6 2.2 3.9 -9.1 -16.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $11,742 $19,109 $36,480 $118,600 $16,265
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 168.6% 1229.6%
Unrestricted net assets $11,742 $19,109 $36,480 -$81,400 -$183,735
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $11,742 $19,109 $36,480 -$81,400 -$183,735

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Kate Boccia

The National Incarceration Association (NIA) was born from the personal story of its president and chief executive officer, Kate Boccia and her husband Frank. Their son Daniel was incarcerated in a medium security prison in Georgia under a mandatory minimum. Daniel fell into an all-too-common spiral of drug addiction despite the best imaginable parenting efforts and an otherwise stable upper middle-class suburban Atlanta environment. Kate openly reflects on that moment of the night they first received the call alarming them that their child had been arrested. Her journey was suddenly the same as a growing quiet number of tens of millions of American families. Kate decided to stand up and speak out to help the thousands of families in Georgia navigate the journey of incarceration of their loved ones.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
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Board chair

Kathryn Boccia

Monikah Kelly

Partner, DVMarshall & Associates, Inc.

Sona Nast

Clinical Social Worker, self-employed

Ewell Hardman

Compliance Officer and Spiritual Life DirectorArise Recovery and Behavioral Health

Janis Mann

Owner / Managing Attorney, The Mann Law Group

Karen James

Human Resources Consultant, self-employed

Roland Washington

Social Innovation, Public Policy and Human Development Strategist

Tiffany Kirk

Community Development Coordinator, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Burrell Ellis

Attorney at Law, W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. LLC

LeAnne Jackson

Trustee, Owens Illinois Asbestos Personal Injury Trust

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/6/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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