DOJ gives Baltimore police grant to fight recidivism
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.