recidivism http://delmarvapublicradio.net en MD Attorney General Backs Criminal Records Shield Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-attorney-general-backs-criminal-records-shield-bill <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler says letting ex-convicts shield their criminal records from prospective employers could be a major step toward making Maryland's prison re-entry rate plummet.</p><p>A pending Senate bill would allow shielding for 13 nonviolent misdemeanors, such as drug possession and trespassing. If the convicted person had no new offenses within five years after the sentence was completed, employers and colleges wouldn't be able to look at these criminal records.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:40:20 +0000 Don Rush 50671 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Attorney General Backs Criminal Records Shield Bill Gansler: Give Prison Inmates Computer Tablets http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gansler-give-prison-inmates-computer-tablets <p>Give prison inmate tablet computers.</p><p>That’s one proposal by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler as he fleshes out ideas for reducing the number of ex-offenders who return to prison.</p><p>Maryland’s top law enforcement officer said the proposal would help offenders build education credentials and social support before they leave prison.</p><p>The tablets, he said, would also allow limited and monitored email access so that inmates could keep in touch with their families.</p><p>It’s just one element of a 10-part plan for bringing ex-felons back into their community.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:35:26 +0000 Don Rush 38942 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gansler: Give Prison Inmates Computer Tablets High Recidivism in Delaware for Inmates http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/high-recidivism-delaware-inmates <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A study has found that nearly eight in 10 Delaware inmates sentenced to more than a year in prison are arrested again for a serious offense within three years of release.</p><p>The <a href="http://delonline.us/13ywMXd">Wilmington News Journal</a> reports that the study set to be released Wednesday also found that 71 percent of released prisoners are convicted of a serious crime within three years, and 68 percent return to prison for at least one day.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:53:15 +0000 Don Rush 38622 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net High Recidivism in Delaware for Inmates