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Public Safety Compact

Compact financed program to reduce adults’ prison stay =
less per capita cost + improved outcomes 


  • Adults released on average of 4.5 years earlier than their individual mandatory release date
  • On track to save $1.8 million
  • $900,000 budget funded with Compact savings


  • 505 adults returned to city
  • 9% recidivism rate (3years post release) for graduates vs. 41% (statewide)
  • $2 million  accrued public savings for program operation
  • Share of net savings: $450,000 – reinvested in community programs and to seed new Compacts


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Multi-Systemic Therapy

Compact financed program to prevent post-adjudicated
youth’s placement in out-of-home confinement =
less per capita cost + improved outcomes


  • 45 youth diverted from confinement to MST
  • 91% success rate (no new convictions)
  • $500,000 budget annually funded with Compact savings

2007 – 2014

  • 385 youth diverted from confinement to MST
  • 85-92% success rate
  • $18.7 million public dollars saved
  • 100% funded by public savings
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Family Recovery Program

Compact financed program to reduce young children’s length of stay in the foster care system =

less per capita cost + improved outcomes 


  • On track for 89% permanency rate
  • $1.4 million annual budget funded with Compact savings
  • $6.8 million raised for 22 units of dedicated  transitional family housing


  • 1,180 children served
  • 86% permanency (1,014 children)
  • $37 million public dollars saved
  • 100% funded from public savings
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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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