“Baltimore needs this program. By offering nonviolent, first-time felony offenders the opportunity to get an education and establish a career, we are affording them the opportunity to be more,” – Marilyn Mosby
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the launch of Aim To B’More Program to reduce Baltimore’s recidivism and unemployment rates.
The program, which began May 4, will allow participants to have their records expunged after successful completion. The program is open to 30 eligible participants, who are non-violent first-time felony drug offenders.
“I promised the voters that I would run a transparent, engaged and innovative office. I’ve seen this program work, and I’ve talked with Attorney General Harris and her team about how to make it a success. I’m excited that we’ve been able to get this program off the ground so quickly. Aim to B’more will change lives,” Mosby said.
Defendants are granted a Probation Before Judgment and placed on three years of meaningful probation.
The components of probation include:
- Community service tailored to the participant’s employment goals
- Completing a GED, associate’s, vocational or similar educational program
- Completing STRIVE’s job skills program located at the Centers for Urban Families; and obtaining internships and full time employment
- The probation lasts three years; when full time employment is achieved, probation becomes unsupervised
- An expungement is granted upon completion of the program
“I think (Aim to B’more) is going to change my life. I’m not doing too well right now, and this program is going to help me get a job and stay out of trouble,” Shyheim Holly, 19, said about his hopes for the program.
Watch Marilyn Mosby’s ‘Aim to B’more’ Press conference below.