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Central Maryland Correctional Facility, Sykesville

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.

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.

Recent videos on the TRF Second Chances Program in Maryland:

The US farm where prisoners and horses are given a second chance at life.

Horse farm program gives Maryland inmates a second chance

Second Chances horse rescue teaches inmates work skills

Second Chance Farms called a place of redemption for horses and caretakers

Horses and prisoners get ‘Second Chances” at MD farm

Central Maryland Correctional News

TRF’s Second Chances program in Maryland goes the Distance

Submitted by Sarah Stein, TRF Second Chances program manager at Sykesville Correctional Facility, MD Alex Wooten graduated from the six-month Second Chances Program in June, 2017. He continued to work at the farm as the head groom until he was released in mid-August after 20 years of incarceration. Within two weeks of his release, Alex […]

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