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State Ombudsman
Deborah Sokolow
State LTC Ombudsman
Maryland Department of Aging
301 West Preston Street Room 1007
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410)767-1067
Fax: (410)333-7943

US Department of Jusice

  • The following organizations and attorneys provide free legal services and/or referrals for such services to indigent individuals in immigration removal proceedings, pursuant to 8 CFR §1003.61. Some of these organizations may also charge a nominal fee for legal services to certain low income individuals.

Health Education Resource Organization, Inc.
1734 Maryland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 685-1180

  • HERO operates the At the Door Re-Entry Program to prepare HIV+ prisoners in the Baltimore Metro area for release. Only individuals referred to HERO through the MDOC are eligible for this program. HERO also provides referrals and linkage to care to any Maryland prisoner in need of HIV/AIDS-related services. Services are provided on a sliding scale, but are free for individuals without the capacity to pay.

Power Inside
P.O. Box 4796
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (410) 889-8333

  • Power Inside offers the following services for women during incarceration and post-release: individual assessment and referrals; case management; weekly support groups and workshops for women in jail, prison, and the community; peer support, referrals, and self-help materials for women in prison through the mail; and advocacy and support for women in prison as well as women on parole, probation, and who are awaiting trial. All services are free of charge and available to any woman who contacts Power Inside.

ACLU of Maryland
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Ste. 350
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (410) 889-8555
Fax: (410) 366-7838

Anne Arundel County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Office: (410) 280-6961

  • All types of cases are handled. There is a $30 fee for a half-hour consultation with an attorney. Although no pro bono programs are currently offered, callers meeting a financial hardship requirement may be eligible for post-consultation reduced fees if they opt for further legal assistance.

Baltimore County Lawyer Referral
Room 100
County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-4:30pm
Phone: (410) 337-9100

  • You will be interviewed over the phone by an attorney to determine the nature of the problem. If necessary, you will be referred to an attorney in your area who has experience with your type of legal problem (including criminal law cases). A nominal fee ($25.00) will be charged for a thirty minute consultation with the lawyer. If further legal service is required, fee arrangements will be made between you and your lawyer.

Caroline County Public Library
Phone: (410) 479-1343

  • The Public Library acts as the Lawyer Referral Service for the Caroline County Bar Association. A reference librarian will put you in touch with an attorney who handles your type of case (criminal and civil cases included). The attorney will then conduct a half-hour consultation session for a flat rate of $25. If you cannot afford any type of consultation, ask the librarian for a pro bono referral for your case, available through the statewide Maryland Legal Assistance Network (MLAN). You must qualify financially to receive pro bono services.

Carroll County and Frederick County Lawyer Referral Service
Phone: (410) 857-1451
Toll-free: (800) 649-1090

  • Volunteer attorneys, all members of a county bar, are referred to callers based on their experience with different kinds of cases. All case types are handled. There is a $25 fee for a half-hour consultation with an attorney. Currently there are no pro bono or organized reduced fee services available through the referral services, though individuals may try to arrange fees with their attorneys post-consultation if they opt for further assistance.

Charles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Phone: (301) 609-9350

  • No pro bono or reduced fee programs available. Criminal and personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. If you have financial resources, call to see if they can handle your case type.

Howard County, Prince George's County, and DC area Lawyer Referral Service As provided through the Howard County Bar Association
Phone: (410) 313-2030
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6pm

  • All case types are handled. There is a $40 fee for a half-hour consultation. No pro bono services are currently offered. If callers wish to continue their attorney consultation past the first half-hour, they are generally subject to regular attorney fees, approximately $200 per hour but vary according to lawyer and type of case. Payments are made at time of call either through a mailed-in money order, check, or credit card.

Inmate Grievance Office, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
115 Sudbrook Lane, Suite 200
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 585-3840
Fax: (410) 318-6015

  • The Inmate Grievance Office has jurisdiction over all inmate grievance complaints against officials and employees of the Division of Correction and Patuxent Institution. Those grievances that are not administratively dismissed for procedural or substantive reasons are scheduled for hearings to be conducted by Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings. The hearings are held in correctional institutions throughout the State. Most hearings are conducted by videoconferencing. The presiding ALJs issue their decisions in writing. If an ALJ concludes that a grievance has merit the written decision is forwarded to the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for review and a final administrative decision.

Internal Investigative Unit, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
P.O. Box 418
8510 Corridor Road
Savage, MD 20763

Office of the Inspector General
6776 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-3240
Toll-free: (888) 764-3180

P.O. Box 23
Simpsonville, MD 21150
Phone: 206-202-4872
Contact: Sharrie Booth

First Baptist Church Of Brooklyn
3801 5th Street
Baltimore, MD  21225
Phone: (410) 355-8854

  • Basics - Emergency Food, Counseling, Counseling - Parenting Classes, Education - Services, Family Restoration, Job Readiness, Men's Support Group, Mentor - Prison Fellowship, Mentoring, Ministry Development, Nurturing Church, Nurturing church w/Recovery Groups, ReEntry Help Center, Social/Friendships

Lydia's House
P.O. Box 514
Fallston, MD 21047
Phone: (443) 512-8255

  • Christ centered transitional home for women leaving incarceration.

New Revival Center of Renewal
1304 Ritchie Road
Capital Heights, MD 20743
Phone: (301) 736-4635
Fax: (301) 333-7440

  • The largest ex-offender reentry program in Prince George County

Offender Aid and Restoration of Fairfax (OAR)
10640 Page Avenue, suite 250
Fairfax, MD  22030-4000
Phone: (703) 246-3033
Fax: (703) 273-7554

  • OAR offers: employment assistance, including resume preparation, employer referrals, and job readiness training; funds for work uniforms, tools, transportation, and job training scholarships; emergency assistance, including food, clothing, and financial assistance with utilities and rent; counseling; and workshops on topics of interest such as Tax Preparation, Budgeting, Restoring Your Driver's License, Self-Esteem and Job Interviews, etc. Applying for services is done by visiting the offices in Fairfax. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary.

Prisoners Aids Association of Maryland, Inc.
2000 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD  21218
Phone: (410) 662-0351
Fax: (410) 662-0358

  • Counseling, Housing - Residential Homes, Job Readiness

Stephen Price, M.A.,M.S.
8555 Sixteenth St. Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Phone: (301) 563-6299
Fax: (301) 563-6366

  • Counseling program serving sexual offenders, sex addicts and adult trauma victims.

Supporting Ex-Offenders in Employment Training and Transitional Services
222 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 837-1800  

Maryland Department of Labor
1100 Eutaw Street,
6th Floor Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 767-2999

Work Release Program
Maryland Division of Correction Headquarters 
6776 Reisterstown Road 
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-3300, ext. 6776

Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Grant
Local contact: Patricia Allen
Phone: (410) 585-3303

  • The Maryland Department of Public Safety will enhance and expand an existing reentry initiative currently being implemented in targeted neighborhoods throughout the City of Baltimore. Maryland's reentry program will focus on both juvenile and adult offenders. The program will continue its extensive collaboration with correctional, employment, social services, mental health, and supervision agencies. It will provide services that include substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, transitional housing assistance, faith-based interventions, workforce development, educational services, vocational training, life skills training, employment assistance, victim impact training, community service, and intensive case management and supervision.

Living Classrooms Foundation
James Piper Bond, President and Chief Executive Officer
802 South Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (410) 685-0295
Fax: (410) 752-8433

  • The Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) uses maritime settings to provide hands-on education and job training, with a special emphasis on juvenile offenders, at-risk youth, and groups from diverse backgrounds. The Fresh Start Program serves out-of-school youth and juvenile offenders ages 16-19 whose needs are not being met by state and local education agencies. Participants complete a 9-month carpentry course and focus on developing professional and interpersonal skills. Most of Fresh Start's activities are conducted at LCF's East Harbor Campus, a 2-acre facility on the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) awardee. A detailed profile of the program is available at

Maryland Re-Entry Partnership Initiative
City Hall, Room 250
100 North Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 396-3835
Fax: (410) 576-9425

  • This pilot program seeks to provide a seamless, comprehensive network of services to ex-offenders to ensure their successful transition from prison to the community. The Bureau of Governmental Research (, located at the University of Maryland, is conducting a 2-year multisite evaluation of the Reentry Partnership Initiative.

Maryland RSOL (Reform Sex Offender Laws)
Contact: Thomas Rydzewski or Brenda Jones
Email: or

United Way 2-1-1 Maryland

  • 2-1-1 cuts through the confusion of Maryland's more than 500 toll-free and local numbers, providing information and referral on services such as basic needs, physical and mental health, employment support, people with disabilities, children, youth, families and the elderly.

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (401) 837-9379 or (800) 396-1274
Fax: (410) 385-2616

Legal Aid Bureau Inc.
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 539-5340

  • Free legal service assistance.

Guide to Pro Bono Legal Help in Your County

National Hire Network

  • Established by the Legal Action Center, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion. The National H.I.R.E. Network also provides training and technical assistance to agencies working to improve the employment prospects for people with criminal records.

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