Md. county awarded $233K grant for inmate reentry programs

The Howard County DOC received funding for a reentry demonstration project aimed at reducing recidivism

Kristin Danley-Greiner

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. — The Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention recently awarded the Howard County Department of Corrections (HCDC), the State's Attorney's Office and the Howard County Sheriff's Office more than $233,000 to fund 16 programs that offer inmate reentry, attorney training, police recruitment and retention, and other critical support.

The Howard County Department of Corrections received $190,000 for its Sustainable Reentry Demonstration Project, a partnership with Open Door America (ODA) to develop and run a demonstration project to permanently transition reentry clients from "dependent inmate to independent citizen."

A majority of the grant will fund HCDC's partnership with ODA to provide a 12-month reentry program with heavy emphasis on intensive job readiness training and a protracted employment onboarding feature, offering the employer the ability to reduce early employment failures and costly turnover. Program elements include weekly case management, monthly group therapy, job readiness and life skills training, job placement services, and employment onboarding support, as well as wraparound services with community partners such as faith congregations and business fraternal organizations. Partner employers in the Howard County area have signed on to work with the program.

Full story: $233K Grant Awarded To Howard County To Fund 16 Programs


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