Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails

In June, the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (SB 602) was formed and tasked with utilizing a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies to further reduce the State’s incarcerated population; reduce spending on corrections; and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.   The work of this Council has concentrated primarily on State Prison populations and practices. The work of the Council is expected to frame a number of important conversations for the 2016 legislative session and has led to thoughts about applying the same principles at the county jail level.

Attend the MACo Winter Conference Session, Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails, to learn more about how both front-end and post sentencing reform measures and reinvestment can be successful and transformative on a local level. This session will be held from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel. More information about the session may be found below:

Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails

Description: Maryland is using a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework to reduce the State’s incarcerated prison population, reduce spending on prison corrections, and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. But what about the county jails? In fiscal year 2014, Maryland’s local jails held an average daily population of over 11,500 inmates, nearly 66% of which were pretrial. Diversion, deflection, and other front-end programming present a wealth of opportunity for local government fiscal savings by reducing incarcerated populations while increasing public safety. This session will discuss some of the unique opportunities to apply Justice Reinvestment Strategies at the local level in our county jails.

Speakers:

  • Robert L. Green, Director, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
  • Kathleen Dumais, Maryland House of Delegates
  • LaMonte E. Cooke, Director, Queen Anne’s County Department of Corrections

Moderator:

  • The Honorable Rushern Baker III, County Executive, Prince George’s County

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10, 2015; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 9-11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge. This year’s conference theme is “Mission: Public Safety.”

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.

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