TASK FORCE TO STUDY HIGH-SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES OF PERSONS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Elizabeth M. Kameen, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Senate President: William C. Ferguson IV; Catherine E. Pugh.

Appointed by House Speaker: Aisha N. Braveboy; Jay Walker.

Representing Office of Attorney General: Karl A. Pothier

Representing Dept. of Juvenile Services: Molly Dugan

Representing Office of Public Defender: Jennifer Barmon

Representing Maryland Association of Boards of Education: Cornelia Bright Gordon, Esq.

Representing Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland: Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D.

Ex officio: Diane M. Bailey, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services.

Staff: Virginia L. Geckler

c/o Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
Hampton Plaza, Suite 1105
300 East Joppa Road, Baltimore, MD 21286 - 3016
(410) 821-2855
e-mail: vgeckler@goccp-state-md.org

The Task Force to Study High-School Dropout Rates of Persons in the Criminal Justice System was created in June 2011 (Chapter 286, Acts of 2011). Its charge was to study what fiscal impact high-school dropouts have on the criminal justice system, and the high-school dropout statistics of persons who have been incarcerated, arrested, or were processed through the criminal justice system.

For its study, the Task Force obtained current statistical data from the Department of Juvenile Services on the percentage of young people served by the Department who have dropped out of high school, and statistics from the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation on adult dropouts. The Task Force then recommended how to keep students in high school until graduation; continuing education options for persons who do not get a high school diploma while incarcerated. It also considered how to inform these persons of alternative high-school education or work-related programs.

In December 2012, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor and General Assembly. Authorization for the Task Force ended May 31, 2013.

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