Public Safety Compact Continues with State Management

State Officials have announce that the Public Safety Compact will continue but without the Safe and Sound Campaign administering the compact. As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

The state has terminated its agreement with the Safe and Sound Campaign, the Baltimore nonprofit that administered the compact. But Stephen T. Moyer, the state secretary of public safety and correctional services, said officials still intend to connect participants with the services it has provided under the compact.

His department “is still running this program,” Moyer said in Annapolis.

Seventy-five people who were approved for the program but remain incarcerated will be released early as scheduled, said Tanya Smith, chief administrator of the state’s Parole Commission.

The article notes that state officials allowed the compact to expire on the basis that the 2008 memorandum of agreement with Safe and Sound violated state contracting rules. This decision created uncertainty about the population of individuals currently within the program or are under supervision having previously been released under the program. The State is exploring soliciting bids to help provide services under the compact.

The Public Safety Compact was a partnership between the State and Baltimore City area nonprofits to help reduce incarceration and recidivism by reinvesting corrections saving into programs that provide offenders with drug treatment and job assistance upon an early release from incarceration.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.

MACo’s Winter Conference will include a session about taking a data-based approach to reduce incarceration and reinvest savings into support programs that reduce recidivism and increase public safety. The session, Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails, will be held at from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel.

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.