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Public Safety Compact

Reduces the time adults serve in prison by providing drug treatment in prison and upon release, case management and an array of recovery, educational and job opportunities.


The objective is to reduce the number of people, who upon release struggle to make it, and eventually return to prison – typically on a drug possession or distribution charge.  Created with a one-time seed grant of $2.5 million in 2010, the Public Safety Compact has produced $2.8 million in public savings and a 9% recidivism rate among graduates.  In 2013-4 Choice Research Associates conducted a rigorous evaluation comparing the PSC participants to a control group. Controlling for a full range of variables, the report found significant statistical difference in the rate of the PSC participants’ success derived both from the comprehensive services provided and the determination of the returning citizens to take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunities.   


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Multi-Systemic Therapy

Allows a young person to remain in his/her home, instead of a juvenile facility, upon the family’s agreement to participate in Multi-Systemic Therapy, an Evidence-Based Practice.


The objective is to support the young person and his family to resolve the child’s problems without him/her spending time in a juvenile center post adjudication (meaning, after the judge or master finds the charge against the young person to be true.) Instead of serving time, the young person and his family receive intensive therapy, parent counseling and help connecting to school, work and positive peers. Created in 2007 in Baltimore County, the MST Compact has saved the state $15.6 million in avoided confinement costs and through the period of evaluation (2007 – 2012) earned an 82% rate of success measured by the number of youth who were not rearrested. 

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Family Recovery Program

Reduces the time children under the age of five remain in foster care by helping their parents recover from drug addiction and to secure stable housing and employment. 


The objective is to ensure safe and nurturing permanent homes for these children, while reducing public dollars and time spent in foster care placements. Created with a one-time seed grant of $2.5 million in 2005, the Family Recovery Program Compact has produced $37 million in public savings and supported over 1,000 Baltimore City children’s returning to permanent placements in loving homes (most often with family) with a total 86% permanency rate.

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MOST Network (Maryland Out of School Time)

The Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland's young people. MOST is one of 47 statewide afterschool networks made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and local matching investment.

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Success by 6 Partnership

To ensure that Baltimore's children are born healthy, live in safe and nurturing families, and enter school ready to learn, the Success By 6® Strategy supports families and children up to age six with quality, neighborhood-based services such as home-visiting; early learning classes; child development; addiction treatment; parent support groups and jobs.

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After School Strategies

To ensure that Baltimore's young people succeed in school and make healthy choices about what they do when they are not in school, Baltimore's After School Strategy provides young people with quality activities in the arts, sports, community involvement, and academics in safe places with caring adults and peers during the out-of-school hours.

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Reading by Nine

To ensure that Baltimore's children enter school ready to learn and succeed in school, the Reading by Nine Strategy supports the Baltimore City Public School System in its effort to improve reading in the early grades; supports quality reading activities after school; helps parents help kids develop language and learn to read; and gets the community involved with activities that promote reading and learning everywhere.

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Violence Reduction & Community Safety

To ensure that Baltimore's young people live in safe communities, Operation Safe Neighborhoods targets areas where violence is highest; identifies chronic, serious offenders in those neighborhoods; intervenes with inter-agency enforcement; arrests key impact offenders; involves faith leaders, community leaders, and service providers; brings offenders together, promising arrest or help; and coordinates service delivery to offenders who express a desire to turn from crime.

To ensure that the Baltimore youth most at risk to kill or be killed have a meaningful chance to turn their lives around, Operation Safe Kids uses a public health model to decrease rates of arrest; increase rates of employment; and improve educational attainment of these specific 13-18 year-olds.

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Community Engagement

To ensure that adults in Baltimore take responsibility for the conditions Baltimore’s children grow up under, the Community Engagement strategy seeks to inform Baltimore residents of the statistics that describe young people’s wellbeing in our city, and to involve them in active advocacy to strengthen and sustain the citywide strategies that are beginning to improve those statistics. At the same time, the interactive nature of the Community Engagement work allows adults to see young people (particularly teens) in a more positive light and to experience firsthand how essential it is for a community to be intentional about providing every youth with a wealth of opportunities to succeed.

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