Parole and Probation

Topics At A Glance

Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)

The Division of Parole and Probation continued its focus on targeting the most violent offenders under supervision in Maryland through the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). Parole and Probation is on the ground and in the community proactively assisting local law enforcement, and using all available legal tools to keep neighborhoods safe – sharing intelligence with criminal justice partners and more effectively requesting revocation warrants on non-compliant offenders.

Better relationships with law enforcement has also enhanced supervision of this population through the development of WatchCenters with embedded Parole and Probation Agents in four police departments in Baltimore City and County, Prince George’s County and Salisbury.

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Fewer Offender Victims Metro Focus

Because of focusing resources on offenders with higher risk for violent crime in the community, we are seeing fewer victims of violent crime in Baltimore City, County and Prince George’s County. During FY13:

  • The number of homicide victims under parole and probation in Baltimore City, County and Prince George’s County is down 30 percent from FY09.

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Warrant Service

DPSCS’ Warrant Apprehension Unit is the Department’s police unit responsible for the service of parole retake warrants, escape warrants and extraditions. During FY13, the WAU participated in numerous statewide warrant initiatives, assisting local, state and federal law enforcement in clearing outstanding warrants.

During FY13, the department’s warrant unit assumed the responsibility of handling extraditions and escape retake warrants from the Maryland State Police. The additional responsibility has allowed the unit to prioritize the service of the institutional escape warrants and the ability to conduct extraditions has allowed the unit to handle the majority of the state’s extraditions.

  • In FY13, the Warrant Apprehension Unit received 2,808 warrants. A total of 2,899 warrants were cleared, including 951 arrests by WAU detectives
  • Of the warrants issued were Violence Prevention Initiative warrants. A total of 1,014 VPI warrants were cleared, including 395 arrests by WAU detectives.

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Cross-Border Information Sharing

Maryland works collaboratively with Virginia (VA), the District of Columbia (DC), New York, Delaware and in FY13, added West Virginia to track the most violent offenders under our respective supervision as they cross in between jurisdictions. Prior to the initiative, Maryland probationer’s illegal activity in other jurisdictions would go mostly unknown. Arrest Data graph

Today, like the VPI, this collaboration allows jurisdictions to compare arrest data on a daily basis against names of those under supervision for possible matches and quick violations on high risk offenders when appropriate.

  • In FY13, arrests numbered 2,025 through the cooperation.
  • A total of 13,089 arrests have occurred that agents might not have known about prior to this sharing initiative starting in FY07.

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Sexual Offender Supervision

Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, parole and probation has been at the forefront in the development and implementation of effective strategies for the management and treatment of sexual offenders through the use of Collaborative Offender Management Enforced Treatment (COMET).

COMET teams are placed throughout Maryland and include specially trained agents with reduced caseloads. Through this enhanced supervision sexual offenders are subject to clinical polygraph exams, computer monitoring and electronic tracking. In addition to agents, team members include stakeholders from the judicial, law enforcement, treatment and victim advocacy communities. During FY13:

  • The number of statewide sex offenders arrested for a new sexual offense is down 15 percent from FY12. During FY13, only 1.2 percent of the sexual offenders under active supervision were charged with subsequent sexual offenses.

See Technology Initiative Page for Livescan and Kiosks use by Parole and Probation to enhance offender supervision.

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Quick Facts

Parole and Probation

Violence Prevention Initiative

  • Monthly average of 2,212 offenders in FY13

WatchCenters: DPSCS Imbedded With Local Police

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Salisbury
  • MD Coordination Analysis Center

Violence Reduction

  • 30% drop in homicide victims supervised in Baltimore City, County and Prince George’s County since FY09.

Cross-Border Collaboration

  • Arrest information shared with DC,VA, NY, DE and WV
  • MD received data on 10,940 arrests since FY07
  • WV added in FY13 – 86 arrests reported in first year

Sex Offender Supervision

  • Only 1.2% of sex offenders under Parole and Probation’s containment model were charged with subsequent sexual offences in FY13