Reentry Work Group

The REWG was formed in 2019 to respond to an unmet need – the lack of transitional housing and programs, social services, and jobs for returning citizens in Prince George's County. The group continues to advocate for voter access, re-entry housing, jobs, healthcare, funding for a transition center, and formation of an Office of Returning Citizens Affairs for the county. The increasing needs from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past couple of years have only exacerbated this pressing problem. Progressive Maryland believes that the state as a whole must address this crisis to ensure returning residents’ successful reintegration into our communities.

Get Involved with the Reentry Work Group by filling out the interest form here.

--Learn more our 6 pillar priorities and work group members here

So far, the work group has:

  • strengthened voting rights and access for incarcerated people
  • successfully lobbied for the formation of the Reentry Advisory Board
  • secured funding for employment wage incentives for businesses to hire returning citizens

As a direct result of REWG advocacy, the county increased funding for reentry from zero dollars in 2019 to more than $300,000 in the most recent fiscal budget.

--View our brochure supporting an Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (ORCA) here.

--View our brochure supporting stable housing here.

 

Our Faith and Community Engagement (FACE) Resource Network provides a variety of comprehensive services and resources that empower justice-involved men, women, and young adults to achieve a successful, productive quality of life outside the prison walls by building a strong network of faith-based and community- based organizational partnerships that support safe and healthy communities, and promote restorative practices that address trauma, strengthen families, and help reduce recidivism for a more just and socially responsible society. Learn more here.

 

***The Request For Proposals is now open.***

The REWG will accept proposals through February 28, 2022. Those eligible to apply are for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and both faith-based and community-based organizations committed to providing reentry services in Prince George’s County. Services may include (but are not limited to) those associated with employment and job training, physical and mental health, and housing. A participatory grant-making committee, made up of eight people either impacted by the justice system or working with those directly impacted, will guide and oversee the proposal selection process. Grants will be awarded in the range of $10,000 to $20,000 each. To submit a proposal, please view the application details and further information here.