In the beginning of Governor O’Malley’s administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez sponsored legislation to move the responsibility for adult Correctional Education from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). He reasoned that DLLR was in a better position to provide employment and job training to ex-offenders. Read more about this issue.
Ban-the-Box on College Admissions
One of the many collateral consequences that reentering Maryland citizens face is a requirement to declare their criminal history as part of the initial college application to Maryland state colleges and universities. This practice is discriminatory and places a barrier to higher education for people trying to improve their qualifications and job prospects. Read more about this issue.