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October 14, 2009

Help for Rosemont PAL?

The shuttered Rosemont Police Athletic League Center may get a second chance after all. Residents in West Baltimore have been trying to reopen this rec center since the city closed it several months ago and turned over the police youth centers to the rec department.

But the man leading the charge, Richard Mosely, whose son Sean plays for the University of Maryland basketball team, has met nothing but obstacles. Today, at a scheduled meeting of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Gary D. Maynard, secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services, offered to help.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton reports:

Maynard said one of his agency’s initiatives is to get inmates working and involved in community service. To that end, he said he saw news reports in The Sun about the Rosemont PAL center closing and has proposed a partnership to renovate or assist in renovations that could help the center stay open.

“We want to look at the possibility of making it functional and available for kids in the community,” Maynard told an assembled crowd of criminal justice leaders.

Under the proposal, Maynard said inmate labor crews would use the skills they’ve learned to renovate the center. He envisions creating apprenticeship programs to prepare others to assist with key work, and said the agency would work with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to make sure it is up to code.

“We would be the gopher in trying to pull this together,” Maynard said.

In addition to providing inmates with community service projects, Maynard said there’s the added benefit of keeping kids off the street. “It makes my job easier,” Maynard said.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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