Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:24

Bay Ridge Gardens kids are given CHOICES

Published 08/16/11

Maryland - When Capt. Mike King started his career, he met a man who had never tasted a Big Mac, visited a 7-Eleven or dated a woman.

That is because King works in the prison system, and the man was an inmate incarcerated before he was even old enough to go to his prom.

His life was one of the examples King and his fellow corrections officers used Friday in an attempt to keep a group of Annapolis children safe. King is part of CHOICES - Children Having Obstacles Involving Choices Eventually Succeed. Members of the group travel the region and show young people how to avoid a life of crime.

"The people who work in these facilities tell you when to go to bed, when to get out of bed, when to start eating, and when to stop," said King, facility administrator of the Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit in Quantico, Maryland. "We had a guy who was almost beat to death because he snored too loud."

King, along with Capt. Kevin King and Capt. Walter Holmes, gave a presentation to nearly 50 children at the Bay Ridge Gardens Apartments. Group members travel around Maryland, Delaware and Virginia talking to about 5,000 children each year. Last year, this effort won them the Governor's Crime Prevention Award in Maryland.

Holmes displayed images of the Eastern Correctional Institution, a Somerset County facility where he is the housing supervisor. It is the Division of Correction's largest state prison, with 3,200 inmates living on 100 acres. Administratively, Poplar Hill is part of ECI, but is a separate facility.

Published in Current Events

JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Maryland prison officials say several inmates have been stabbed after several fights broke out at the same time at the facility.

Published in Current Events


CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND — They were unlikely dance partners in an unlikely dance hall: a 29-year-old murderer and a 10-year-old boy doing an impromptu tango as Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" sounded from a boom box in a prison gym.

It was one of the lighter moments at the emotional end of a weeklong summer camp where inmate dads and their children reconnected after years apart. Seven fathers — all in prison-issued jeans and blue, short-sleeved shirts — swayed to the song with their children, some openly crying.

Published in Family Support