By Samantha Schmieder / Gazette.Net

Inmates at Montgomery County Correctional Facility were able to participate in its first-ever educational fair on Wednesday, allowing them to see the many options available to them once they are released.

Participating vendors included the University of Maryland University College, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Aesthetics Institute of Cosmetology, and many other colleges, GED programs, and trade schools.

The facility, which is located in Boyds, has both male and female inmates as well as juveniles. The jail, which can hold up to 1028 inmates, serves those who have been sentenced to 18 months or less, and those who are awaiting trial.

Warden Robert Green explained that at any moment over 90 percent of the inmates will be going back into the community and the facility wants to be able to help make that transition, from incarceration to release, smooth and successful.

“This helps them understand, engage and digest what is available for their reentry,” Green said of the fair explaining that education helps promote life-long learning, which is something to help keep the released inmates out of jail.

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About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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