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Ex-offenders demand answers at mayoral forum

Ex-offenders demand answers at mayoral forum

For the first time ever here in Maryland, ex-offenders can vote before completing probation and parole. As a result, Wednesday night's Ex-Offender Mayoral Candidate Forum, organized by low-income advocacy group Communities United, was probably the first event of its kind in Baltimore.

However, the forum, which was held at Douglas Memorial Community Church, felt like a missed opportunity. Not because of the approximately 80 ex-offenders in attendance, who brought their most pressing needs before the candidates—but because the candidates seemed to struggle to find real ways to address them all.

Added to this was the fact that the event was one of at least three happening...