| College Degree Program Celebrates Success continued
Warden Carroll Parrish emphasized the need to recognize positive achievement. "The goal of rehabilitation is to increase the incident of the right type of behavior in people," he said. "We recognize their wrongs in life but should also recognize the good." At the time of the celebration, more than 70 women were enrolled in the college level courses.
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary D. Maynard attended the event, as did, Maryland Parole Commission Chair David Blumberg, several federal and state women judges and local legislators.
U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin wrote the offenders a letter, a copy of which was rolled up, bound with ribbon and distributed to each woman. "You are overcoming obstacles that many have found too overwhelming to overcome. You are acquiring the skills and confidence to move forward with your life," the letter read in part.
The women earning college credits will be leaving prison better than they entered it, Parrish said.
|Building Houses, Building Futures continued
In Caroline County a full-time inmate crew builds homes for an HFH affiliate. They are currently completing a track of nine homes. The inmates, who have often received vocational training inside the facility, work with a contracted HFH construction supervisor. Upon release, inmates are able to provide potential employers with a resume that reflects relevant training and experiences in the building industry - giving them a greater chance at finding meaningful employment.
The DOC's Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) and the Maryland HFH are currently working on the concept of building energy efficient "green" homes on institutional grounds. This allows inmates with sentences that prevent them from working in the community, but who have vocational training, to be utilized. Once the houses are built, low security inmates would assemble the houses on site. This would allow the HFH affiliates the ability to increase the number of homes they can provide on an annual basis to families in need of affordable home ownership. A unique partnership that could build better futures for all involved.