Get Connected to Reentry Resources

Welcome to Maryland's new one-stop resource page to help the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, and their families. Find the information and resources you need and deserve.


Text Reentry to 898-211

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First-of-its-kind database in Maryland

Department of Public Safety and Corrections

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) partnered with 211 Maryland to create a searchable database for incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, detainees, and other justice-involved citizens and their families. The reentry database will have hundreds of vetted resources from trusted organizations.

Coming this fall, search by ZIP code and type of resource.

This partnership supports our goal to increase public safety and wellness reducing recidivism.

Sign up for text alerts to be the first to know when the database is ready and to connect to resources and support now.

Text Reentry to 898-211.

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Employment for ex-felons

Maryland organizations stand ready to help ex-felons find a job so they can achieve independence and success for themselves and their families. Some businesses are committed to giving formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance by hiring them.

Learn about the programs available to help the formerly incarcerated.

Reentry Navigator

As part of a prison release program, you may have met a Reentry Navigator. You can reach a Reentry Navigator before, during or after your release.

They can help with information and resources for:

  • employment opportunities
  • job skills
  • career counseling
  • expungement workshops
  • community support

They can also connect you to an American Job Center and its support services.

These navigators are available throughout Maryland. Find a Reentry Navigator near you.

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Maryland's American Job Centers

Help is also available from all of Maryland's American Job Centers. They can provide free assistance with employment-related services such as:

  • career exploration
  • referrals to training programs
  • placement services
  • resume prep
  • job skill workshops
  • work readiness

Find one near you!

Finding a job with a criminal record

In addition to the American Job Centers, the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) can help with the job-related needs of a former prisoner reentering the workforce.

MWE is a central resource for job listings in Maryland, but can also help with these employment services:

Use the MWE tools if you're qualified and "employment ready."  MWE connects employees and employers who want to hire ex-offenders who are looking for a job.

Learn about other job readiness programs on 211's general employment page.

Businesses committed to second chances

Formerly incarcerated individuals can also look for opportunities from businesses that want to offer justice-involved individuals a second chance. This is a list of Second Chance Business Coalition members. Large private-sector firms offer second-chance hiring. Ex-offenders can look to see if any of the businesses have any job opportunities.

In Maryland, this is a list of Second Chance Business Coalition partners.

Return Home Baltimore® also provides a list of job opportunities for returning Baltimore residents.

For employers

There are also programs to help employers interested in hiring formerly incarcerated individuals, such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the federal fidelity bond program for hiring former federal inmates.

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