Reentry in Maryland

by Incarcerated Flavors

The Catholic Eye

These early reports of a reduction in recidivism rates, as reported in the Baltimore Sun,  are encouraging and if these figures stand up under a rigorous evaluation, that would be very good news, for nothing has worked so far, as we document on our continually updated rehabilitation evaluation blog page.

An excerpt.

The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday.

Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the top official at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, credited the prison system’s improved educational and job skills training programs, as well as stronger partnerships with state agencies that provide medical and mental health services to inmates and upon their release.

Maynard added that efforts to evaluate academic aspirations and substance abuse and behavioral treatment needs at the start of prison sentences…

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