ECI Team’s CHOICES Program Planned for Town of Hurlock Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

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Towson, MD (March 2, 2011) - CHOICES, Part of the Solution, the award-winning youth diversion program run by officers from Eastern Correctional Institution, will visit the town of Hurlock March 3 at 7 p.m. CHOICES was invited by community leaders to address growing gang and crime concerns. The presentation will be at the town fire hall.

CHOICES, established three years ago by ECI captains Walter Holmes and Kevin King, presents in dramatic fashion the harsh realities of prison life, gang culture, and wasted opportunity. The program was recently honored by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute for reaching more than three thousand children on the Delmarva Peninsula in 2010. CHOICES has also done a number of presentations by request in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas.

Captains Holmes and King, Poplar Hill Pre-release Unit’s Facility Administrator Michael King, and other ECI staff from case management and intelligence operations do CHOICES on their own time, hoping to show teenagers the dangers of bad choices that often lead to a life spent in prison.

The program and its participants have won numerous honors, most recently a Governor’s Crime Prevention Award in December of 2010. They have done presentations and seminars in all three states on Delmarva.

“We’re trying to save teenagers before they make a life-altering---if not fatal—choice,” says Captain Walter Holmes, co-founder of CHOICES and a veteran of 16 years at Eastern Correctional Institution, the state’s largest prison with more than three thousand male inmates. “Our ‘Part of the Solution’ subtitle is there because we do more than show how rough prison life is. We really try to show the young people that their “choices” can be good or bad. They don’t have to fall for the gang lies and end up in prison.”