RCI Lifers to Hold Walk-a-Thon for Peace on September 11
300 walking inmates expect to raise more than $4,500 For Community Mediation Maryland

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Towson, MD (September 9, 2010)---The Life for Lifers inmate group at Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in Hagerstown will raise more than $1,500 for Community Mediation Maryland (CMM) during a special walk-a-thon on Saturday, September 11 inside the prison yard. The event, called a Walk-a-Thon for Peace, was planned to coincide with the nation’s remembrance of the national tragedy which occurred on 9/11/01. Outside citizens, inspired by the inmates’ effort, have already pledged an additional $3,000 to CMM.

Inmates will pay $5 each to participate, with the money going to a non-profit mediation organization that has been an important partner with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in promoting calm and peaceful dispute resolution and reentry problem-solving within correctional facilities across Maryland.

Between February 2009 and March 2010, Community Mediation Maryland (CMM) reached out to more than 1,100 inmates in nine State correctional facilities, providing mediation services to help inmates ease family tensions, rebuild bridges, and make home and employment plans in preparation for their release back to society. Frequently, family issues provide major stumbling blocks for ex-offenders trying to find jobs, homes, and financial stability upon their return to society. CMM has mediated 74 inmate cases in the past year. CMM has worked at MCTC in Hagerstown, and is discussing expanding to RCI and other DOC facilities.

The major issues CMM helps inmates work on before they are released include communication struggles, relationship and children’s problems, housing, employment, and continuing care for substance abuse.

The Walk-a-Thon for Peace will include a skit, check presentation to CMM, and a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11.

Members of the media interested in attending should please contact the DPSCS or DOC communications officers listed above. You may reach Community Mediation Maryland Executive Director Lorig Charkoudian at 410-553-0206.