Reducing Crime by Easing Transition from Incarceration to Community in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore, a finalist in the second round of the City Accelerator, is focused on more effective engagement of people leaving incarceration and their families.
by The City of Baltimore | March 18, 2015 AT 11:00 AM
(35 ratings)

This summary is a part of Baltimore's application to a City Accelerator cohort on engagement. Your feedback on the videos will inform final selection of the cities. Give the videos a star rating and leave comments below!

What is Baltimore proposing?

Baltimore aims to engage people leaving incarceration and their families to help reduce violent crime in the city, as part of a broader engagement effort. The city, led by the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, would use a mix of traditional and technology-based approaches to engage this population, and is looking to the City Accelerator for support and best practices for this initiative.


Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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On: 04-07-2015

I think this work is very valuable.

Jacqueline Proctor

On: 04-01-2015

The foundation of a strong urban setting is rooted in the definable perception of public safety. Significant event efforts towards that goal was demonstrated throughout the video. The impact/results of the efforts were not as clearly defined. That said, Baltimore should be highly considered for the City Accelerator Cohort II program because it is critical to keeping past achievements from slipping away, and it is working to create greater inclusion of this specific population moving forward. Leadership is attentive and willing. Program goals with specific, measurable outcomes need further definition. Baltimore is a worthy investment and will become a new model of success for others to emulate.

Dana Moulden

On: 04-01-2015

Our city government and citizens are committed to creating a liveable, workable and engaged city and home for all of us. Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s vision for a safer Baltimore is slowing being realized, AND I believe Baltimore's participation in the City Accelerator program would certainly move all of us closer to the reality of peace in our city. I applaud our city's efforts.

Glenn Randall

On: 03-30-2015

I think this is a great start. Being locked up the world passes you by, no real means to stay up on the never stopping world. Prisoners should have to learn a skill or trade. That should be part of their incarceration

Peter Sabonis

On: 03-27-2015

Benchmarks are soft and go more toward participatory processes to improve city policy and city institutional relations with previously incarcerated individuals. While admirable, these are goals that are universal---for all residents. For a City with so many persons with criminal histories, more democracy is certainly welcome, but equity--particularly, economic equity, is needed more.


On: 03-26-2015

Rehabilitation does not end within the prison walls, the receiving community needs to continue this rehabilitative process to make the ex-inmate a productive member of society

Brandie Adams

On: 03-26-2015

I think the City of Baltimore has made an assertive effort towards policing reforms, transparency in government with new ethics legislation passed March 2015, and toughening the penalties against repeat offenders with the new State's Attorney Mrs. Marilyn Mosby. The synergy of these changes and reforms show that Baltimore City and it's mayor stand ready and poised to create change we all can believe in! I believe that with thorough research and knowledge of these changes, you all will select the right winner! Choose Baltimore!

Mary Meyer

On: 03-25-2015

Loved it!

Dr. Carlessia A. Hussein

On: 03-24-2015

There is a great need in cities to engage the very large population of citizens who re-enter communities from incarceration. Keeping in mind that some of the individuals are innocent, others made honest mistakes, while others are able to be rehabilitated, it would be valuable to the community to aid these individuals to return to productive and rewarding lives. Society's most valuable commodity is its people. We need to invest in them all.