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Prison time should be well spent

Prison time should be well spent

Walking out of the prison gates in the Old Line State is a daunting journey for the formerly incarcerated. Fully 40 percent of Maryland's former prisoners will be back behind bars in three years, re-convicted of a new offense.

Studies show that the first few days, weeks and months are the most difficult and dangerous for ex-offenders to stay out of state custody. With few resources, limited education and severe barriers to re-entry, many return to the old habits and lifestyles that sent them to prison in the first place. For the nearly 10,000 returned citizens who go home to Baltimore City every year, that revolving prison door contributes to the social and legal stigma that impairs...