Workgroup on Collateral Consequences of Convictions

As part of Maryland’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system, Governor Hogan started an initiative to study the consequences of incarceration for former inmates. The Justice Reinvestment Act (Chapter 515 of 2016) addresses issues that have resulted in an incarceration rate that deeply affects the health and welfare of many Maryland communities. This Act requires certain executive branch departments to study and report on barriers to employment due to criminal convictions. The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board will monitor the progress and compliance with the implementation of the new law; further Governor Hogan believes that the effects of incarceration on individual lives, families, and communities merits further study. In December 2015, he directed the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention to create a working group to study the barriers many ex-offenders face when they are released from prison.


The Workgroup must submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor by December 1, 2016.


  • Judge Alex Williams, Chair; The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice & Ethics
  • Shaina Hernandez; Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Secretary Schulz; Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • Christi Megna; Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Secretary Moyer; Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
  • Glenn Fueston; Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention
  • Caryn Aslan; Job Opportunities Task Force
  • Yariela Kerr-Donovan; Johns Hopkins HR Department
  • Marsha Netus; AmericaWorks
  • Chrstine Ross; Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike O’Halloran; National Federation for Independent Business – Maryland
  • James Brenton, Jr.; Ahold USA
  • John Huffington; Living Classrooms
  • Oscar Barbarian; University of Maryland


Full Workgroup Meetings (open to the public)
Thursday, Sept. 1, 1:00-3:00 pm, Annapolis
Monday, Sept. 26, 12-3:00 pm, Annapolis
Monday, Oct. 31, 10 am – 1:00 pm, Annapolis
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Annapolis

Stakeholder Meetings (open to the public)
Thurs, Sept. 15, 2016, 12-3:00 pm, Annapolis
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 1-3:00 pm, Baltimore