Individuals returning to the community after spending time in state and federal prisons have a new resource hub to access services and opportunities in their area with the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office’s creation of the Maryland Reentry Resource, announced Wednesday.
The list pulls together federal, state and local agencies as well as community service providers who work with people reentering society, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.
“Former prisoners may face strong temptations to return to a life of crime, and we will hold them accountable if they do, but many programs are available to help them succeed,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a prepared statement. “Our mission is preventing crime, not just sending people to prison, so we focus our crime-prevention efforts on two groups: school students, to deter them from turning to crime; and ex-convicts, to stop them from reoffending.”
Secretary Stephen T. Moyer of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services called the work done to compile the resources “a critical step in making offenders productive members of society while achieving our most important goal: making Maryland safer.”
The guide contains more than 1,350 listings organized by county, with descriptions and contact information that will be regularly updated. It is designed to be used by individuals seeking services as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Maryland Department of Public Safety and parole and probation officers.