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In 2008 DPSCS entered a partnership with the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery – sending inmate crews to clear more than 40 acres of brush that had taken over the state’s oldest African American cemetery.
In May 2012, DPSCS joined Governor O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and members of the Mount Auburn Cemetery Foundation to announce the receipt of a grant to continue restoration efforts at the cemetery.
PSW crews have worked thousands of hours at the cemetery and continue to take care of the grounds today.
DPSCS’ first-of-its-kind effort using incarcerated veterans, who received honorable discharges, to restore and keep up state veterans cemeteries continues to receive high praise from the public as well as the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
Crews work on average about 8,000 man-hours each year at Crownsville, Cheltenham and Garrison Forest cemeteries.
Since inception approximately 80 inmates have worked on a Veteran Cemetery crew.
Inmates worked on Cambridge and Westminster curbs and sidewalks to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cambridge and Westminster brought together state agencies, local government and private companies in a public-private partnership.
Inmates under the supervision of a contractor learned construction skills and how to install ADA-approved handicap curbs and sidewalks.
In partnership with the Maryland Food Bank and other area food banks, farmers plant crops with the help of inmate crews intended to help feed Maryland’s hungriest families through the food banks.
- During FY13, inmates gleaned 190,000 pounds of produce.
- To date, inmate crews have harvested more than 2 million pounds of food for area food banks.
In a partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, DPSCS opened one of only eight inmate-tended thoroughbred rescue farms in the nation in 2009. Offenders learn all aspects of equine care, while horses that may have otherwise faced slaughter have a peaceful home to live out their days.
Learn more about Second Chances Farm and the horses we’ve rescued.
- Maryland residents help raise oysters, protect Chesapeake Bay 10/08/13
- Caroline farmers give 110 tons of produce to Maryland Food Bank 10/08/13
- Maryland Inmates Remember National POW-MIA Recognition Day 09/20/13
- A Second Chance For Inmates And Horses In Maryland 04/19/13
- Prisoners Behind Bars in Jessup See a Future in Trees 04/16/13
- Inmates at Jessup, and American Chestnuts, on Comeback Trail 04/14/13
- MD Inmates Grow American Chestnut Seedlings for Group Seeking to Restore "Redwood of the East" 04/14/13
- Inmates Help Tear Down House of Correction, Earn Professional Certifications 03/14/13
- Inmates Give Back to Community through Salvation Army 12/14/12
- Two Southern Maryland Farmers Help Towards More Than One Million Pounds of Produce Donated 11/13/12
- Sandy Recovery Well Under Way for Most of Maryland 11/01/12
- Salisbury, State Formalize Bike Path Details 10/25/12
- Proposed Project Puts Inmates to Work in Downtown Westminster 08/28/12
- Inmates can help clean up city, county, says Maynard 07/31/12
- Inmates learn on-the-job skills in Cambridge 07/06/12
- Inmates Rehabilitate Mount Auburn Cemetery 05/15/12
- Baltimore's Oldest Black Cemetery Finally Restored, with Help of Inmates 05/14/12
- Historic Landmark Mt. Auburn Cemetery Ribbon Cutting 05/14/12
- Baltimore's Historic Mount Auburn Cemetery Gets Spruced Up 05/14/12
- Historic Black Legacy Revived 05/09/12
- Railroad Cleanup Effort Completed 05/02/12
- Del. Krebs: Funds Available to Deal With Henryton Hospital 05/02/12
- MCTC Doing Its Part to Keep Roadways Free of Litter - Baltimore Sun Online 01/08/12
- New Gateway Signs at Warfield Commerce Center in Sykesville Tap Inmates' Masonry Skills - Baltimore Sun 10/09/11
- Photo of the Day: Warfield Ribbon Cutting - Eldersburg Patch 10/07/11
- Ribbon Cutting Recognizes New Signs Pointing Travelers to Warfield - Eldersburg Patch 10/05/11
- Prison Inmates Help Clean Up Port Deposit - Cecil Whig 09/22/11
- Using State Prison Labor for Public Works Projects - Southern Maryland Online 09/20/11
- Prisoners Headed to Port Deposit to Clean Up Flood's Mess - Baltimore Sun 09/14/11
- Md. inmates spruce up playground - Washington Examiner - Online 09/12/11
- Maynard suggests prisoners dismantle state prison in Jessup - Herald-Mail - Online 02/05/11
- Maryland Prison Chief Outlines Inmate Labor Program - The Star Democrat 01/24/11
- Boonsboro to use inmate crews for general labor - Herald-Mail 12/07/10
- ECI Inmates Clean Up the Town - The Daily Times 10/10/10
- Incarcerated vets tend cemetery through state program - The Capital 09/10/10
- Ex-Cons Help To Rehab Baltimore Blight - National Public Radio (NPR) - Online 07/24/10
- Inmates Help Heal Starved Horses - WHAG - NBC-25 07/09/10
- Women Inmates In Jessup Get Chance to Give Back - Howard County Times 07/09/10
- Horse Rescue Farm Gets Help From Inmates - Baltimore Sun 07/09/10
- MD Inmates Work to Beautify Battlefield - WHAG TV 07/06/10
- Inmates Helping Build Habitat Homes - WBOC 16 07/02/10
- Prison inmates help restore orchard to honor Antietam's brave - Herald-Mail 07/02/10
- MD Inmates Work To Beautify Battlefield Before July 4th - WHAG TV 25 07/01/10
- Inmates praised for work on Antietam battlefield - Associated Press 07/01/10
- Our View: Saturday Cheers - The Daily Times - Online 06/26/10
- ECI allowed to expand prisoner projects 06/23/10
- ECI Annex inmates allowed to work outside 06/09/10
- Inmates Put To Work - WMDT-TV - Online 06/09/10
- Our Towns: Nearly Ten Tons of Trash Picked Up - The Daily Times 06/02/10
- Correctional Services secretary proud of prisoner work programs - Herald-Mail 06/02/10
- It's working for Salisbury - Daily Times 05/09/10
- Inmate work-release possibility growing on Somerset leaders - The Daily Times-Online 04/21/10
- Inmate Labor Benefits Town of Williamsport with Zero Problems – Herald-Mail 04/17/10
- Inmates Serve Community While Saving Taxpayers Money WHAG TV - 25 04/16/10
- Free Inmate Labor Gains Popularity as Budgets Shrink – Daily Times 12/06/09
- Inmates to clear hiking trail 11/16/09
- Inmates to Clear Hiking Trail Near B-52 Bomber – Cumberland Times-News 11/16/09
- Help For Rosemont PAL? – Baltimore Sun 10/14/09
- Battlefield Preservation – WBFF TV 08/25/09
- Salvaged Stone Used in Antietam Restoration – Herald-Mail 07/07/09
- Prison System Donates Rocks for Battlefield Restoration – Channel 24 07/07/09
- Hagerstown Prison Gives Antietam Battlefield a Hand – Baltimore Sun 07/07/09
- Prisoners Called to Aid Fallen Soliders – Eldersburg Eagle 12/17/08
Community Revitalization In FY13
- 279,209 pounds of produce gleaned
- 2.3 million pounds of food for area food banks since FY11
Mount Auburn Cemetery
- 5,586 inmate maintenance hours worked
- 64 inmates assigned to detail
- 10,560 man-hours
- Average of 98 inmates on project