Hundreds of Marylanders descended on the state capitol in late February to rally in support of increased services for individuals experiencing homelessness and those impacted by a criminal record.
A morning rally in front of the statehouse drew lawmakers, advocates, and other supporters to the event sponsored by JOTF and Health Care for the Homeless. Rally goers heard speeches from faith leaders, legislators and Maryland residents who had overcome criminal pasts and homelessness.
Following the rally, attendees attended meetings with individual lawmakers to encourage passage of several pieces of legislation including JOTF-supported bills to shield certain misdemeanor
crimes from public view, create a paid sick days standard
for all Maryland workers, and remove a question from state job applications
that asks applicants to check a box if they have ever been convicted a crime.