Looking to Volunteer within DPSCS?
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) utilizes volunteers to enhance services in areas including faith-based, legal assistance, housing, mediation, parenting skills, drug treatment, employment readiness and many more - services that correctional and community supervision staff alone could not possibly extend to the tens of thousands of individuals under supervision in Maryland. Such programs and their volunteers assist offenders from the time they enter the pre-trial system, all the way through to parole or probation, giving them the tools necessary to become law-abiding citizens.
Volunteers can also be used in administrative areas of the Department, such as finance, procurement and statistical analysis, as well as victim services.
Internships are also a volunteer opportunity for those looking to further their educational experience. As the state’s largest criminal justice agency, DPSCS is a great place to gain hands-on knowledge of the field.
Please contact the DPSCS Office of Religious and Volunteer Services to learn more about opportunities and be matched with a program that fits your individual talents, availability and interests. To see a listing of current volunteer recruitment, click here.
How to Get Started Volunteering
- Fill out the Volunteer Application
- Read and complete (where applicable) the Volunteer Orientation Manual
- Fill out the Authorization for Release of Information Form
- Read and sign the Emergency Contact Form
- Read and sign DPSCS.020.0026, Prison Rape Elimination Act Federal Standards Compliance
- Read OSPS.050.0030, Sexual Misconduct, Prohibited
- Read Revised Executive Directive ADM.050.0043 Employee and Inmate Visiting and Communication
- Fill out Volunteer Visitor Packet (for periodic visitors)
- Watch the Volunteer Orientation Video
- Read and sign Volunteer Visitor Guidelines
- Note: With each Volunteer Application processed, a background check will be completed
- Looking for something more permanent? Consider a career in corrections, or peruse a list of all current jobs available.
Examples of DPSCS Volunteer Opportunities
Retired Law Enforcement Officer
Supervising a work crew in the community – giving offenders the opportunity to give back to the society they’ve harmed and connecting then to the community prior to release!
Teaching skilled labor techniques to offenders behind the fence, enhancing their ability to find employment upon release.
Spanish Speaking Victim Advocate
Working with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to reach out to Latino victims seeking compensation to foster communication with staff.
Volunteer Services Program
300East Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
Volunteering is based on your individual skills and interests; however there are a few things all DPSCS volunteers have in common
- Must be at least 18 years old (21 in facilities)
- Must not be under current criminal supervision
- MUST have an interest in making a difference in Maryland’s Public Safety!