2018 Policy Papers
Addressing Personnel Shortages and Low Retention Rates among Correctional Officers in the Maryland Division of Corrections
STEVEN CLARK, VICTORIA CLINE, JESS MILLER-SUCHET, AND HAYLEY MULLEN
Employee burnout, excessive mandatory overtime, and disconnects between management and line staff, have made for dangerous working conditions within correctional facilities in Maryland. Our policy proposal involves complimenting the Hogan Administration’s current efforts to address correctional officer shortages, as well as implementing strategies to increase employee retention through recommendations involving a public imaging campaign, financial incentivizing, adjustments to the hiring process, and increased opportunities for professional development and organizational commitment.
TAVIA WILLIAMS, GRAHAM WHAPLES, HANNAH WILCOVE
The purpose of this policy report is to address the issues of unemployment and underemployment in Maryland through a comprehensive review of the marketing strategy of the EARN Maryland program. The creation of an EARN online database, enhanced utilization of the American Job Centers, and a strategic marketing and branding campaign, are three strategies that could increase the number of underserved Marylanders impacted by EARN’s career training opportunities.
ABBIE WIKNER, HASSAN ALMAALA, LEENA AURORA, AND SIMI ADEOYE
Our policy proposal focuses on the reduction of food waste in Maryland’s K-12 schools as a method to alleviate food inequities, prevent environmental degradation, and educate the next generation as environmentally-conscious citizens. We present three policy options: 1) A “Green Cafeterias” certification program supported by a state-wide study, 2) A program to encourage schools to audit their food waste, and 3) A program to divert uneaten and unspoiled food to in-school pantries, which are stocked and staffed by high school students as a job opportunity. After careful analysis, the group recommends the certification and study option, as it has the greatest potential to reduce food waste at the source and to incorporate ongoing student education.
TAYLOR BLADES, MONICA DAVIS, ABIODUN ADEOYE
The goal for this paper is to examine how mental health is approached from an educational perspective in Maryland’s public school system. It looks at what Maryland has done in promoting the importance of mental health and examines what other states and the national government have done in addressing the importance of mental health. It then proposes three additional and alternative policies to promote the importance of mental health in Maryland; a K-12 educational mandate based off of New York’s 2016 legislative approach, a civic engagement platform to encourage participation and public knowledge, and the encouragement of yoga as a coping technique.
ELEANOR BROWN, ABIGAIL ROSWELL, KYLIE SCHADE, MORGAN SMITH
Economic, political, and socioeconomic divisions within Baltimore City’s residents contribute to the rise in vacant properties. Our analysis focuses on increasing interagency communication regarding current vacant property policy, establishing stronger nonprofit-private partnerships, and recommending the future trajectory of the Hogan Administration’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative.