Should a felony affect you for the long term, even when you maintain a clean record? Your attorney can help you work toward having your record cleared through expungement in some cases, but until then, you need to abide by the laws of the state. Maryland's state lawmakers have been working to enact the Justice Reinvestment Act, now a law. The act reforms the current criminal justice system in the state.
Reintegration is important for people who go to prison. They need to be able to get housing, to find employment and should have the right to vote. In many places, people who have been through the system struggle without the support they need; in Maryland alone, over 40 percent of offenders are put back in prison within three years for re-offending. These re-offenses may be due to being unable to reintegrate effectively.