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8:40 am
Wed March 12, 2014

MD Attorney General Backs Criminal Records Shield Bill

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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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9:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Gansler: Give Prison Inmates Computer Tablets

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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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9:53 am
Wed July 31, 2013

High Recidivism in Delaware for Inmates

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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.

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