Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

 

 

AIM to B’MORE is an innovative felony drug initiative that launched in 2015. It is for first time, nonviolent, felony drug offenders. Eligible persons have pending distribution and/or posses­sion with the intent to distribute controlled dangerous substance charges. The goal is for candidates to achieve employment and cease involvement with the criminal justice system.

Defendants are granted probation before judgment and placed on three years of supervised probation. Such probation becomes supervised for record checks solely upon completion of: 1 year full time employment; 100 community service hours; 50 hours of continuing education; STRIVE 1 month employment skills class; and compliance with all other conditions of probation.

Key components include: meaningful efforts to give back to community via community service; meet positive role models; continue their education with classes needed for high school, GED, college, computer, commercial driver’s license, and motor vehicle driving, construction training or other options. Regular review hearings encourage participant’s success during probation. The State does not object to the defendant’s expungement request upon successful completion of probation.

If you or someone you know is a first-time offender with felony drug charges pending in Baltimore City who could benefit from job training and job opportunities, contact your attorney and mention that you are interested in the AIM to B’MORE program.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE (CS)

Baltimore City Community Service Division (BCCSD) supervises this portion. One case manager is assigned to all participants and supervision fees are waived. Time spent securing identification is credited towards CS. All efforts will be made to see that CS benefits the participant’s employment goals.

 

EDUCATION

Numerous no cost opportunities exist for pre-GED and GED classes. Financial assistance provided for the GED exam­ination at the programs listed below.

 

Baltimore City Community College at the Center for Urban Families (www.cfuf.org)

Contact: Kari Price - kprice@cfuf.org

Class Hours: Course schedules are set based on the student’s scheduling needs.

Courses Offered: Standard GED Course; Pre-GED Course.

Location: 2201 North Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone Contact Number: (410) 367-5691

Age Requirement: None.

Registration Information: Call to schedule a registration time and date.

Cost: None.

 

Clay Pots (www.claypotsbaltimore.com)

Contact: Dwayne Hess - claypots@claypotsbaltimore.com

Class Hours: M – W (9:30 am - Noon; 1 pm – 4 pm); T – Th (6 – 8 pm)

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Pre-GED; Fast Track GED.

Location: 1635 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Phone Contact Number: (410) 233-1133

Age Requirement: None.

Registration Information: Call to schedule a registration time and date where you will also take a diagnostic test.

Cost: Standard GED Program is free. Fast Track GED Course comes with a $60 fee.

 

LIFT (Learning Is For Tomorrow, Inc.) (www.liftbaltimore.org)

Contact: Mark Pettis - mark@liftbaltimore.org

Class Hours: M – Th (9:30 am – Noon; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm; 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm);

F (9 am – Noon; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm); Sat Computer Lab ONLY (11 am – 2 pm)

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Adult Training courses specialized for students with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities, students with low vision or blindness, and learners who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing.

Location: 901 N. Milton Avenue, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21205

Phone Contact Number: (410) 522-1705

Age Requirement: 17 and up.

Registration Information: Call to schedule a registration time and date. Classes take place every 8 weeks for the fall, winter, and spring. Reduced Summer Program is often available.

Cost: None.

 

South Baltimore Learning Center (www.southbaltimorelearns.org)

Contact: Annmarie Westerfield - awesterfield@southbaltimorelearns.org

Class Hours: Course times are subject to change. However usually three 12-week courses are offered in the fall, winter, and spring

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Pre-GED; External Diploma Program.

Location: Main Campus is located at 28 E. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. Classes also offered in Washington Village, Cherry Hill, Brooklyn/Curtis Bay & Morrell Park.

Phone Contact Number: (410) 625-4215

Age Requirement: Must be 16 or older and at least 6 months out of high school.

Registration Information: Call to schedule a registration time and date. Registration and diagnostic test taken upon the first meeting.

Cost: Fee for books may apply.

 

Strong City Baltimore (www.strongcitybaltimore.org)

Contact: Joanne McKinney - jmckinney@strongcitybaltimore.org

Class Hours: M – Th (9 a.m. – Noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.);

F (9 a.m. – Noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.); Sat (9 a.m. – Noon)

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Pre-GED.

Location: Main Campus is located at 3501 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, 21218. Multiple satellite classes are also located throughout the city.

Phone Contact Number: (410) 261-3500

Age Requirement: None.

Registration Information: Registration occurs every quarter at the Main Campus location. At satellite sites, registration is on a rolling basis. Scheduling an appointment is not necessary.

Cost: None.

 

Yo! Baltimore Westside

Contact: Kerry R. Owings - kowings@oedworks.com

Class Hours: Everyday (9 a.m. to Noon; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Pre-Ged; Basic Lift; Fast Track.

Location: 1510 W Lafayette Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone Contact Number: (410) 545-6967

Age Requirement: 17 – 24.

Registration Information: Registration takes place anytime every Wednesday.

Cost: None.

 

Yo! Baltimore Eastside

Contact: Burgundi Allison - ballison@hebcac.org

Class Hours: Everyday (9 a.m. to Noon; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Courses Offered: Standard GED; Pre-Ged; Basic Lift; Fast Track.

Location: 1212 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21213

Phone Contact Number: (410) 732-2661

Age Requirement: 17 -24.

Registration Information: Registration takes place every Monday at 10 a.m.

Cost: None.

 

All Programs have been vetted and verified by the SAO. If your organization offers GED programs at no cost and would like to be placed on the contact list, please, email the SAO’s Deputy Director of Crime Control and Prevention Deborah Spector at DSpector@stattorney.org.

 

EMPLOYMENT AND JOB SKILLS

  • STRIVE is an acronym for Support; Train; Results; Invalu­able Employees. STRIVE is a nationwide program. In Baltimore, STRIVE operates through the CFUF as their work­force development program. Parole and Probation maintains an office at STRIVE to meet with probationers.

 

  • STRIVE is a no cost employment skills class that lasts four weeks. It is held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and offered about ten times a year. STRIVE employs a boot camp/tough love approach. Walk in assessments are done every Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.

 

APPROXIMATE 36 MONTH OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

  1. Defendant notified at Arraignment Court of potential eligibility.
  2. Defendant may seek a re-arraignment to review discovery, however he/she must also obtain a trial date.
  3. Re-arraignments take place one week later.
  4. Chemical analysis may not be complete; State will provide to Defense within 30 days.
  5. Defendant pleads guilty to the most serious felony narcotics offense.
  6. Defendant receives a PBJ with all standard conditions of probation, including drug/alcohol screening and treatment if necessary.
  7. Additional probation conditions include:
    • STRIVE 4 week job skills class;
    • 100 hours Community Service;
    • One year of full time employment;
    • 50 hours of continuing education;
  8. Probation supervision fees waived.
  9. AIM TO B’MORE written on Probation Order so that Parole and Probation can identify candidates at intake and assign accordingly.
  10. Defendant reports to Community Services Division; then to Parole and Probation.
  11. After initial meeting at Guilford Probation Office, Agent Amber Feltner and Defendant can decide whether to meet at the CFUF or Probation Office.
  12. Judge conducts review hearing approximately 30 days later.
  13. After one year of full time employment, with all above conditions satisfied and Defendant otherwise in compliance, probation limited to record checks
  14. State to join in Defense’s Request for Expungement at successful completion of probation. 

 

PARTNERS

  • BALTIMORE CITY COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION
    Baltimore City Circuit Court – East Building; 111 N. Calvert St., Room 504, Baltimore,
    MD, 21202, 410-396-1191, Kelly.Hurtt@baltimorecity.gov

 

  • BALTIMORE CITY DIVISION OF PAROLE AND PROBATION
    2100 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore,
    MD, 21218, 443-263-3650, WNolley@dpscs.state.md.us; ARFeltner@dpscs.state.md.us

 

  • NORTHWEST CAREER CENTER 
    2401 Liberty Heights Ave., Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302, 410-523-1060, GGrimes@oedworks.com

 

  • STRIVE AT THE CENTER FOR URBAN FAMILIES (CFUF)
    2201 N. Monroe Street, Baltimore,
    MD, 21217, 410-367-5691, CPitchford@cfuf.org; MAdams@cfuf.org