Horse farm prison program suspended
Maryland prison officials have suspended a program that provided inmate labor at a farm in western Howard County that treats neglected horses.
The program was launched with much fanfare last week. But neighbors and parents of volunteers say they weren't informed that prisoners would be working at Days End Farm Horse Rescue.
Two state lawmakers received complaints, and they contacted Gary Maynard, secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Maynard agreed to suspend the program indefinitely.
Days End executive director Kathy Howe says she thought the female inmates would be a help in managing the property. She says there wasn't any communication between inmates and other volunteers and that she “didn't anticipate” anyone would be upset.
-- Associated Press
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