Thursday, January 5, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Unlike some sectors of county governments, local jails have less flexibility when reducing their budgets and managing costs. One of the biggest cost-drivers for a local jail is the number of inmates incarcerated in a facility. Cost savings can be realized by sentencing appropriate nonviolent offenders to alternative programs rather than incarcerating them. Programs such as day reporting, work release, and community service can save money when compared to incarceration, while having the additional benefits of preserving families and employment. Panelists will discuss how alternative programs work and their advantages and drawbacks.Speakers include: (1) The Honorable Kathleen L. Beckstead, County Administrative Judge, Wicomico County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit (2) Sharon M. Tyler, Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Corrections (3) Tracy Velázquez, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute (4) J. Michael Stouffer, Deputy Secretary of Operations, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
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