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Coalition for a Second Chance
The Greater Baltimore Committee established in 2016 the Coalition for a Second Chance, a group of experts from the public and private sectors charged with examining barriers to employment for those returning to society from a period of incarceration, as well as other policy issues tied to reentry to these individuals, often referred to as returning citizens.
The Coalition has published a report with recommendations for improving job prospects for returning citizens and ensuring their success after leaving incarceration, as well as a Quick Guide to help employers understand the business case for hiring returning citizens.
As leaders of chambers of commerce and business associations, we place enormous value on policies that strengthen both our communities and our economies. That’s why we support lifting the federal ban on Pell grants for people in prison.
Return Home Baltimore provides a wealth of information for formerly incarcerated individuals re-entering the community and is conveniently organized into categories including: Job training, education, legal services, substance abuse and mental health.
There are immediate ways that you can contribute to these organizations who are continuing to work to fulfill their mission and assist individuals who are returning to society from incarceration to obtain jobs, education and job training.
On September 4, the GBC’s Public Safety Committee and the Coalition for a Second Chance welcomed Senator Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, to a special joint meeting to discuss legislative priorities for the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Zirkin provided highlights...
A key to improving the public perception and financial health of Baltimore is embracing a concept known as economic inclusion, according to a recent report from the Baltimore Integration Partnership. Economic inclusion involves employers, community associations, major institutions and civic leaders collaborating to remove obstacles that have historically prevented economic...
Striving to improve outcomes for returning citizens with criminal backgrounds, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) convened the Coalition for a Second Chance, bringing together experts from the nonprofit field, the business community, social service providers, governmental officials, and other stakeholders and recently releasing the report, “Opening Doors to a Second...