Last year, following the unrest that occurred in Baltimore City, the Greater Baltimore Committee created an initiative designed to address the many challenges faced by citizens returning to the region after incarceration.
The initiative – called a Coalition for a Second Chance – is a multi-pronged effort to better understand the barriers to employment faced by this population, educate employers on the benefits of hiring returning citizens, and examine ways that the public sector can be a stronger partner in assisting returning citizens obtain gainful employment. The purpose is to engage the private-sector in efforts to reduce recidivism.
The GBC has convened a committee of stakeholders and service providers to undertake this effort through studying existing best practices and issuing recommendations for ways to improve outcomes for returning citizens. Concurrently, the GBC will be educating the business community about the role it can play through public relations, holding focus group meetings, and urging businesses to identify opportunities for returning citizens.
To learn more about the initiative, contact Shaina Hernandez.