Maryland inmates make as little as $0.17 per hour for voluntary prison employment and training. Del. Terri Hill, D–Baltimore and Howard, wants to raise prison wages to as close to minimum wage as possible, allowing inmates to save money while incarcerated and better equipping them to re-enter society without having to rely on their families –– or further criminal activity that could again land them behind bars –– for financial support.
The Anne Arundel County Food and Resources Bank relies on a dozen inmates to perform the bulk of the food bank’s heavy lifting in return for time trimmed off sentences.
Bernie Fowler Jr., a Southern Maryland builder and farmer, is giving some pre-release inmates a second chance by helping them help needy people.
CNS Reporter Ben Oldach fills you in about a new shock trauma building in Baltimore, a push from Gov. Martin O’Malley and a story that shows how inmates are helping wounded veterans.