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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A major bill of Maryland's legislative session that aims to save money in the state's correctional system and invest in drug treatment has passed the Senate.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the bill Thursday, sending it to the House of Delegates.

While few lawmakers say they are completely happy with it, many say the bill makes a lot of progress and takes a comprehensive approach to reducing recidivism.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study has found a large proportion of former prisoners on supervised probation in Maryland are at a moderate to low risk of going back to prison.

Data presented by The Pew Charitable Trusts to a Maryland panel on Tuesday examined whether the state is focusing its resources on the high-risk offenders most likely to recidivate.

The study found 71 percent of the state's probation population is a moderate or low risk of recidivism.

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.

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.

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Give prison inmate tablet computers.

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.

Maryland’s top law enforcement officer said the proposal would help offenders build education credentials and social support before they leave prison.

The tablets, he said, would also allow limited and monitored email access so that inmates could keep in touch with their families.

It’s just one element of a 10-part plan for bringing ex-felons back into their community.

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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.

The Wilmington News Journal 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.