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Justice Mears, 19, is the first student from the GSCM Beyond Bars program to attend college. Mears reminded the audience that having an incarcerated mother doesn’t have to limit what a girl can accomplish in life.

Justice Mears, 19, is the first student from the GSCM Beyond Bars program to attend college. Mears reminded the audience that having an incarcerated mother doesn’t have to limit what a girl can accomplish in life.

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Beyond Bars celebrates 25 years of uniting incarcerated mothers with their daughters

While flipping through the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary program booklet at the luncheon at La Fontaine Bleue on November 4, 2017, the alarming statistics sprawled across two pages commanded attention. Two of which read: “Women, compared to men, are the fastest growing group of prisoners in the United States,” and “68 percent of incarcerated women have at least one child under the age of 18 left behind when they enter prison.”