On March 5, 2019 GBC leaders met with the newest member of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, Congressman David Trone. Congressman Trone, a Democrat representing District 6, which includes Western Maryland and parts of Montgomery County, visited the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) to discuss his legislative and policy priorities.
Congressman Trone focused his remarks on justice reform, employment of returning citizens and education for incarcerated individuals. Congressman Trone believes that individuals incarcerated or returning to society should be provided improved opportunities to find employment in order to avoid returning to jail or prison.
The GBC agrees with this very important priority and in 2017 created 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 for these individuals. The Coalition for a Second Chance produced the report “Opening Doors to a Second Chance: Removing barriers and cultivating job opportunities for returning citizens and job seekers with a criminal background.” Congressman Trone also shared a report produced by the Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council for the American Civil Liberties Union, entitled “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers Benefits Your Company.”
It is easy to forget during a busy 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly that partnering with members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation is also important for taking positive steps to address the most important policy issues facing the Greater Baltimore region and the State of Maryland.