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Central Maryland Correctional Facility

On May 14, 2009 the TRF Second Chances Farm at Central Maryland Correctional Facility opened their barn doors to receive its first three retired/rescued thoroughbred race horses. This unique program is possible because of a partnership between DPSCS and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

The farm is the first program of its kind to be taught in the state of Maryland. Secretary Gary D. Maynard spearheaded similar programs in other states throughout his various careers within corrections. The partnership not only benefits the horses, but also the offenders who work at the site. There are infinite opportunities for program expansion to include things such as therapeutic and community outreach initiatives.

Farm Manager Sarah Stein with Don’t Quit Dreaming

About the Program

As a Public Safety Works program, Second Chances Farm is a restorative justice tool that DPSCS hopes to utilize to give our offender population work skills while also teaching compassion through the care of a living animal. The project began in 2008 with the resurrection of a dilapidated barn and surrounding grounds near our Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, MD by offenders in our pre-release system and Maryland Correctional Enterprises.

All aspects of this program have been funded by the generosity of donations to TRF. Donate to the program here.

Recent video on the TRF Second Chances Program in Maryland.

Central Maryland Correctional News

Derby winning team keeps promise to help OTTB

By Susan Salk on November 4, 2016 Making good on a promise to help an unremarkable racehorse who once passed through the hands of Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion, a staffer of the famous horseman worked tirelessly to secure a sanctuary home at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a sweet gelding who’d run out […]

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Quite Rightly

Great-grandson of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, Quite Rightly has a serious allergy that requires daily medication and a special diet. Other than the allergy, this 19 year old gelding is an active, healthy, and happy member of the TRF herd at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility’s Second Chances Farm. Click here to sponsor Quite Rightly

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These Horses Give Prisoners a Second Chance

Published on Jun 22, 2015
Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The prisoners benefit from learning new skills as well as the compassion and patience it takes to work with the horses. Studies have shown that programs like these help decrease the likelihood that an inmate will return to prison.
PRODUCER/EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Kathryn Carlson and Gabriella Garcia-Pardo

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