DOJ gives Bal­ti­more po­lice grant to fight re­cidi­vism

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD MARYLAND -

The U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice has awarded the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment a $750,000 grant to “im­prove su­per­vi­sion strate­gies that will re­duce re­cidi­vism rates,” it an­nounced Thurs­day. The grant will go to the Po­lice De­part­ment’s Com­mu­nity Col­lab­o­ra­tion Di­vi­sion, which has an ex­ist­ing Reen­try Pro­gram — al­low­ing it to “im­prove the ca­pac­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of com­mu­nity su­per­vi­sion agen­cies to in­crease pa­role and pro­ba­tion suc­cess rates and re­duce the num­ber of crimes com­mit­ted by those un­der su­per­vi­sion, which would in turn re­duce ad­mis­sions to pris­ons and jails and save tax­payer dol­lars,” the Jus­tice De­part­ment said. The new “Smart Su­per­vi­sion Pro­gram” will in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing “pro­ba­tion, pa­role, pre­trial, law en­force­ment, treat­ment, reen­try, and re­lated com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions fields,” the Jus­tice De­part­ment said. It will also seek to “de­velop and im­ple­ment strate­gies for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, su­per­vi­sion, and treat­ment of ‘ high- risk/ high- needs’ su­per­visees.’ ” The Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment was one of seven agen­cies awarded such grants, the Jus­tice De­part­ment said. The Po­lice De­part­ment is un­der a court-en­forced con­sent de­cree with the Jus­tice De­part­ment that man­dates sweeping re­forms.

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