Communities are Safe for Children, Youth and Families (Anne Arundel County)

Crime: Rate of Violent Crimes Committed per 1,000 Persons

3.9 2017

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Story Behind the Curve

Completed with Impact of Incarceration Work Group

  • Drugs (heroin) - generations are affected by this
  • When you are on heroin there is nothing else - there is no "in between"
  • need more interventions/treatment/rehabilitation services
  • teenage dabbling
  • culture around drug use
  • many start with pain pills and then move to harder drugs
  • can take a lot to break the cycle
  • need early interventions
  • supports for families in treatment
  • Need to intervene with children and young families to break the cycle
  • Opportunities for families
  • Criminal records create barriers to jobs and stability
  • Cultural biases towards individuals with criminal records/history of drug use or abuse
  • Mental Health issues - medication & treatment, stigma and shame (though it is getting a little better)
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • More early interventions are helping (pre-trial diversion etc. growing) but need to increase access\
  • Need early interventions for those who don't get referred to pre-trial diversion
  • Increase of guns available on the street?
  • Issues meeting requirements for many training programs or employment programs
  • Challenges with those mandated to treatment (ie methadone) that are not equipped to manage treatment
  • Inmates lacking GED (learning disabilities)
  • Young male inmates with low literacy rates
  • Partnership CYF
  • Police
  • AACPS - Teachers
  • Health Department
  • families impacted by incarceration
  • parents
  • grandparents
  • Detention Centers
  • Get young people involved
  • SF Facilitators
  • Public Defenders Office
  • Dept. of Aging
  • Kinship
  • Mental Health
  • Substance abuse prevention/treatment
  • Diversion programs
  • Probation & Parole - reentry, need help "reforming a family"
  • AAWDC - reentry, getting families back to stability
  • Training programs
  • Housing
  • faith community
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters (AMACHI)
  • Rec and Parks
  • AACC - GED services and training/employment programs
What Works
  • Family involvement - contact visits
  • Strengthening Families
  • Peer support
  • Educator training to understand issues these families/children are struggling with
  • Behavioral interventions for kids with incarcerated family members
  • Open Book
  • Diversion programs
  • ADI/substance abuse treatment
  • Treatment vs. jail?
  • Expungement of Criminal Backgrounds - policy issues
  • Bail reform
  • Re-entry programs - employment, basic needs, stability
  • Mentor on the outside - outside supports
  • Mentoring Moms
  • Expansion of Open Book
  • Materials/e-readers for inmates or educational films etc to keep minds active in incarceration
  • Nurseries attached to prisons to keep moms and babies together (off the wall!)
  • Amachi program moving inside walls
  • Expansion of Strengthening Families inside jails
  • Positive youth groups to shift convo/culture and keep kids on a positive track
  • More reentry programs/expungement
  • More basic education - move towards GED
  • Targeted literacy programs for young male inmates
  • SKYPE with families instead of calls so parents and children can see eachother (particularly for families that can't get kids to the facilities for in-person visits)
Data Discussion
  • Jailed vs. pretrial diversion numbers from Detention Centers
  • State prison data for AA Co residents with children disaggregated by race and zipcode and income
  • Same for local (income not available) - Detention Centers can provide!
  • DJS - can we get info on referred juveniles as to whether they have an incarcerated parent (talk to Doug!) - can it be added to intake
  • Privatization data in jails/prisons/correctional facilities?
  • Visa cards for reentry - fees taken daily if funds are not used? (Policy issue) No cash in hand? Problems related to transportation, access to banks, etc.

The rate of violence crimes that are committed per 1,000 persons.

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