Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/25/2015

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is holding its second Community Day in Court. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Courtroom 400 of the Mitchell Courthouse, 100 N. Calvert Street, at 8:30am.

 The purpose of Community Day in Court is to educate the public about the criminal justice process. Transparency and accountability are a priority for this office, and that includes increasing the public’s understanding of the challenges that individuals face re-entering society after incarceration, determining how to expunge their records and the collateral consequences of a conviction. All of these topics will be discuss at the next Community Day Court themed: “Rebounding from a Criminal Conviction”.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the State’s Attorney’s new Aim To B’More Program, which provides first time, non-violent felony drug offenders with jobs and an opportunity to give back to the community after successful completion of the program.

“When I was elected, I promised to approach crime from a holistic perspective. In my first six months we've not only gone after and convicted numerous violent repeat offenders, but we recognized the need to provide productive alternatives to crime. Hence, we've  established an outreach program in several schools, created a new diversion and job training program for first-time non-violent offenders, and now we are offering subject matter experts’ advice to the public on how former offenders can productively return to our communities and be given a second chance at life." State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

A community panel discussion focused on successful re-entry strategies will feature several special guests including: Stanley Tucker, President of Meridian Management Group; Dr. Eugene Newman; John Huffington; Lauren Lipscomb, Division Chief of the SAO Conviction Integrity Unit; Kate Wolfson of Safe and Sound; Renard Brooks, Re-entry Director from the Mayor’s Office; Mary Denise Davis of the Public Defender’s Office; Caryn Aslan from the Job Opportunities Task Force; and David Blumberg from the Parole and Probation Office.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Baltimore City resident, Leona Davis. “If people know there is hope and there is help they will try to live an honest life. Our young people, especially, need these opportunities.”