Threshold, Inc., founded in 1969, is a private nonprofit organization that provides pre-release services by contract to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for male inmates from Baltimore City. Careful screening procedures help to ensure the safety of the inmates, the staff and the residents of the surrounding community. All inmates are admitted to this facility with nonviolent offenses as determined by agency staff.
The criteria for admission are:
- Maximum stay is three years
- Average stay of between six months to one year
- Bed capacity is 30 adult males who are residents of Baltimore City
Services offered include:
- Employment/work release
- Educational services
- Health awareness and medical services
- Counseling for substance abuse
Upon entry into Threshold, inmates are then referred to as residents of the program.
Education is a key ingredient in the ability of the residents to succeed once they are released from the facility.
- A “GED Preparation Program” is required for any resident who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The classes are held two days a week. It is our experience that about two residents in ten have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Any resident who takes the GED test while assigned to Threshold and receives a passing score is entitled to an incentive award that is offered by the Board of Directors
- A library is available for resident use. The library contains various books, regulations, procedures and several copies of the Qur'an and Holy Bible.
Residents are screened for drug and alcohol use throughout their stay. Assessments are administered to identify individuals in need of treatment. Community partners are used to provide professional assistance, resources and support.
Threshold’s first priority is the security and safety of the residents, the staff and the community.
Security and treatment staff are trained at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission (PCTC). In addition, the staff receive annual in-service training, in first aid/CPR, security procedures, report writing, etc. Agency training also occurs at staff meetings.
Other security measures include:
- Surveillance cameras are located throughout the inside and outside of the building. A security alarm system is active in the facility to prevent unauthorized departures by residents or entries by unknown persons from the community.
- Designated facility counts, daily head counts and tours of the facility by staff. This ensures that the residents are accounted for at all times while in the facility.
- A body scanner is used to deter the introduction of contraband into the facility. There is also frequent testing of the inmates for drugs and alcohol.
Threshold is committed to being a good neighbor and a responsible member of the community.
Residents are encouraged to participate in supervised community out-reach efforts aimed at improving the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood, such as:
- Distributing food baskets for those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Putting together backpacks with supplies for students at local schools.
- Cleaning the streets and alleys around the agency and assisting neighbors to remove snow and ice from their cars and walkways.
Threshold is making a difference!
- On average of 70% of assigned residents were released to the community on parole, mandatory supervision or home detention.
- The average yearly employment rate for residents assigned is more than sixty percent.
- On average, residents earn combined gross wages of more than two hundred thousand dollars and pay more than fifty thousand in federal and state taxes.
- Residents consistently exceed the combined work release revenue goal of fifty-five thousand dollars which is paid to the State of Maryland from their earned wages.
Under the auspices of a volunteer Board of Directors
For more information, call Nicole Halsey, Executive Director
A Community Adult Rehabilitation
Center Providing Service to the
Baltimore Community for Over 30 Years
1702 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Phone: (410) 727-0100
Fax: (410) 727-0103
Visitor Dress Code
All visitors, to include children, must dress appropriately for visitation. All clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps.
The following types of clothing are not allowed to be worn:
- tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops
- see-through clothing
- mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap)
- form-fitting clothes such as leotards, spandex, and leggings
- clothes that expose a person's midriff, side, or back
- tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits
- coats, jackets, shawls and scarves will be placed in an appropriate area.