Last week, during its 20th anniversary celebration, OSI-Baltimore grantee Justice Policy Institute (JPI) honored Greg Carpenter, a 2015 OSI Community Fellow and, Walter Lomax, founder of the OSI-grantee Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative. Both Carpenter and Lomax received JPI’s Justice Champion Award for their work promoting the work of the Institute.
Carpenter developed and operated his fellowship, Eye Can Bmore, a program that teaches ex-offenders to bake and hone their entrepreneurial skills from his business, the 2AM Bakery. Lomax’s organization, the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, advocates for humane and sensible criminal justice and sentencing policies for those incarcerated in Maryland.
JPI works to promote fair and effective polices that will reduce the use of incarceration, and is a partner with the Open Society Policy Institute on the Coalition for a Safe a Just Maryland, which is working to move Maryland away from money bail and toward an alternative statewide system of pretrial justice.