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Maryland CURE is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) non-profit Organization and all donations are tax deductible.
WHY WE CARE
It is estimated that there are almost 24,000 people confined in Maryland prisons with another 14,000 in jails along with close to 100,000 probationers and 14,000 parolees. The annual budget for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is over a billion dollars.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985.
We believe that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around.
Positions on Justice
Why We Care…
Maryland CURE is a state chapter of National CURE. While we support many prison ministry and advocacy groups, our mission is to work for changes in the legislative system in support of criminal justice reform.
Prisoners cannot vote, but their family members and friends can. One of the goals of all CURE chapters is to make sure that everyone knows who their legislators are and to assist them in registering to vote. No vote means no voice.
We meet quarterly and currently have three working groups
Communication: CURE newsletter, Liason with other justice advocacy groups, Raising public awareness of prison issues
Legislative: Inmate phone situation, Legislative changes (MRJI bill affecting lifer release), Voting rights (Democracy Restoration Act), Legislative watchdogs to keep us updated
Research: Reentry information – research and prepare a booklet for inmates about to be released, Sentencing guidelines, Lifers – what can we do?
Research and recommendations on Parole Hearings