The Department of Justice awarded a $750,000 grant to the Baltimore Police Department Community Collaboration Division to improve supervision strategies to reduce recidivism rates in Baltimore.
It's called the Smart Supervision Program and the goal is to improve supervision strategies to reduce recidivism, promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials and to develop and implement strategies for the identification and treatment of "high-risk/high-needs" supervisees.
Since 2015, The Baltimore Police Department Community Collaboration Division (BPD-CCD) Reentry Program has created partnerships with service providers, local, state, and federal agencies.
The mission of the BPD-CCD Reentry Program is to reduce recidivism rates in Baltimore City by providing case management and connecting offenders to service providers.
"I'm excited that we received this grant based on the work of the Community Collaboration Division," said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
"We have an obligation to focus on those rejoining our community to ensure resources are in place and available in order to put people on the right path for success."
The Smart Supervision Program seeks to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase parole and probation success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars.
The Baltimore Police Department Community Collaboration Division was one of seven awardees across various jurisdictions in the United States.