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Reenvisioning Maryland's Criminal Justice System

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For evidence that Maryland’s criminal justice system needs reform, some point to its recidivism rate: the inefficiency shown in the fact that three years after inmates leave prison, four out of ten are back behind bars. There’s a bipartisan drive in the legislature to create a task force that would attach Maryland to a reform movement called the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI. It's a multi-state effort run by the U.S. Justice Department and the Pew Center on the States. We turned to Governor Hogan’s point man on the issue, Christopher Shank, who heads the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

As part of this segment, we profiled Clifford White, an ex-offender who is trying to start his own carpet cleaning business. He's also self-publishing a novel.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.