Hardy Bennett,HHS; Patricia Braun, PRRS Programming Coordinator; Carole Buhl, HHS; Bill Cimino, Federal Bureau of Prisons; Shirley Daigneault, Community Ministry of Montgomery County; POIII Denise Gill, Montgomery County Police Community Policing Coordinator; Norma Jennings, Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition; John Keating, Metropolitan Industries, Inc.; John Lavigne, Public Defenders’ Office; Stefan LoBuglio, PRRS Division Chief;Patricia Marks & Mary Mulholland, Welcome Home Program; James Shannon, PRRS Unit Manager
1. Welcome and Introductions: John Lavigne, Chairperson
PRRS Chief’s Report: Stefan LoBuglio
Report from PRRS Community Advisory Board Sub-Committees
b. Community Outreach
4. Singapore’s Yellow Ribbon Project – Stefan LoBuglio
Last Meeting of 2007: Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 7:30 A.M.
Agenda Item No. 1 - Welcome and Introductions: Chairperson John Lavigne called the meeting to order at 7:35 A.M. The Committee members and guests introduced themselves.
Agenda Item No. 2 - PRRS Division Chief’s Report: PRRS Division Chief Stefan LoBuglio presented his “Chief’s Report” (attached) which provided an update on PRRS activities and developments since the last Community Advisory Board Meeting on May 24, 2007. Some of the highlights discussed were:
- Chief LoBuglio presented FY’07 outcome data for the PRRS program. From July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, the program served 789 residents, received 622 intakes, and achieved a 83% successful completion rate. The average daily population was 168. Collectively, the residents’ gross income was $2 million and they paid $367K in taxes and $215K in family support. The Division collected over $1.3 million from program fees and contract reimbursements from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the State DOC.
- PRRS escapee, Gerardo Torres, who escaped December 2, 2005, was arrested in Tennessee under an alias. He was scheduled to be extradited to Montgomery County by the Sheriff’s Department on October 2, 2007 and will face 1st degree escape charges.
- In July, PRRS appeared before the County Council and proposed a methodology for
conducting a DOCR recidivism study that would span a twenty year period from 1986 to 2006. The study would take a one-month (March) sample of all sentenced inmates released in a year to determine if they were arrested, convicted, or re-incarcerated within a three-year period. The cost of conducting the study is estimated at $100,000, and DOCR is actively looking for sources of external funding.
- October 22nd to the 24th, PRRS will host a national training on jail reentry sponsored by American Jail Association. Tours and presentations of MCCF and PRC will be incorporated in the training. Unit Manager Jim Shannon is coordinating this training.
Agenda Item No. 3 – Reports from Community Advisory Sub-Committees:
- The Community Education and Outreach Committee is planning an employer appreciation breakfast for the last week of January/first week of February 2008. Chairwoman Cherise Burdeen has scheduled the next planning meeting for Wednesday, November 14 at 3pm.
- The Research Subcommittee is pursuing a joint research effort with the local school system to determine if PRRS can programmatically support students who have incarcerated parents in our system.
- The Membership Committee continues to develop plans to increase the diversity of the Community Advisory Board and to ensure that the right stakeholders are represented at the quarterly meetings.
Agenda Item No. 4 – Singapore’s Yellow Ribbon Project: Division Chief Stefan LoBuglio presented slides and video clips from his recent visit to Singapore in September, 2007. He participated in several events organized by the country’s prison service and community organizations to promote prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration. Introduced in 2004 and called the Yellow Ribbon Project, the three stated goals of the project are to create public awareness that 13,000 prisoners are released from prison annually; public acceptance of these individuals back into their communities; and action to better prepare inmates for their return home. During his visit (the expenses of which he paid for himself), Stefan participated in a walk in support of returning prisoners that was attended by 10,000 ex-prisoners, family members, school children, and other citizens and led by the Prime Minister and the National Prison director. Additionally, he participated in a day-long conference and visited several prisons and public safety facilities. At the Community Advisory Board meeting, he presented slides of his visit along with short video clips that the Singapore Prison Service developed as part of their public campaign to promote the Yellow Ribbon Project. His visit reciprocated a visit paid in March 2007 by the head of the prison service and his staff to PRRS.
Agenda Item No. 5 – Last Meeting of 2007:
Thursday, December 6th @ 7:30 A.M.
Agenda Item No. 6 – Adjournment:
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 A.M.