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Office of Communications and Public Affairs
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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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Media Advisory:
Baltimore City District Court Re-Entry Project Celebrates
New Ex-Offender Program Graduates

Former Baltimore Raven Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Radio One Disc Jockey Johnny
“Porkchop” Doswell Serve as Keynote Speakers at Second Graduation Ceremony


(BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 21, 2017) – On Friday, August 25, at 12:30 p.m., Baltimore City District Judge Nicole Pastore-Klein will preside over the second graduation ceremony to celebrate more than 20 ex-offenders who have been connected to employment through the District Court Re-Entry Project (DCREP).  Obafemi “Femi” Ayanbadejo, National Football League Fullback for the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and Johnny “Porkchop” Doswell, on-air personality for the Night Show on Radio One station WERQ-FM/92Q, will serve as keynote speakers for the event.

Judge Pastore-Klein began the DCREP after observing that many ex-offenders had difficulty connecting to employment opportunities after incarceration or as a result of having a criminal record.  She coordinated an effort to engage existing programs in Baltimore and launched the DCREP program in September 2016 for the Baltimore City District Court bench. 

How the District Court Re-Entry Project Works: 
Judges refer defendants to one of the 13 organizations that currently participate in the DCREP program.  All of these organizations focus on preparing ex-offenders for the workforce and include job placement assistance.  The training periods range from two weeks to one year and prepare candidates for jobs in a variety of fields, including renewable energy installation, automotive repair, construction, catering, and maritime transportation.

The DCREP offers willing criminal case defendants a chance to participate in job training as a condition of probation.  A judge refers the participating defendant to a suitable job training organization, and if the defendant successfully completes the organization’s requirements, the defendant receives an agreed-upon incentive.  For example, a judge may convert a supervised probation sentence to an unsupervised probation, or even end the defendant’s probation early, according to the initial agreement.  In addition, defendants who may have been sentenced to a minimal amount of jail time may have the chance to participate in this program in lieu of jail time.  The DCREP is in the process of expanding to include pre-trial services, which will allow defendants awaiting trial the opportunity to acquire new skills and gain employment.

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT:
Baltimore City District Court Re-Entry Project’s (DCREP) Second Graduation Ceremony

WHEN:
Friday, August 25, 2017
12:30 p.m.

WHO:
Baltimore City District Judge Nicole Pastore-Klein, presiding
District Court of Maryland Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, plenary speaker

Keynote Speakers:

  • Obafemi “Femi” Ayanbadejo, NFL Fullback for the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens
  • Johnny “Porkchop” Doswell, On-Air Personality/Disc Jockey, Night Show, Radio One, WERQ-FM/92Q

WHERE:
Baltimore City District Court, Courtroom 1
700 East Patapsco Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21225

MEDIA CONTACT:
Media are invited to attend.  Please call the Maryland Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, if you would like to attend or have questions.  The use of cameras must be approved in advance, and all persons being photographed should be asked for their consent to be photographed.

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