July 13, 2015

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Edwards Hosts Returning Citizens Roundtable

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today hosted Returning Citizens Roundtable, a meeting with business, legislative, administrative, and non-profit stakeholders to hear about employment initiatives and training programs available for previously incarcerated individuals.

“Each year thousands of Marylanders leave prison and are seeking a second chance to be productive members of our communities,” Edwards said. “Today’s meeting was about bringing together different groups from local, state, and national agencies and organizations so we can ensure that these individuals have every opportunity to be successful.”

Congresswoman Edwards was joined today by representatives from the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Prince George’s County Health Department, Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, and Office of the Sheriff, Prince George’s County.

Earlier this year Congresswoman Edwards re-introduced the Broadening Opportunities Through Education Act, which directs the Department of Education to award competitive grants to states that make school attendance compulsory through the age of 17. She also introduced theRestoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, which would reinstate Federal Pell Grant eligibility for individuals incarcerated in Federal and State penal institutions.