In the Community, For the Environment, Rebuilding Lives

Public Safety Works (PSW) is a restorative justice program of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) that provides employment skills as well as an opportunity for offenders to give back to the community they have harmed – a powerful and significant tool of rehabilitation.

DPSCS partners with other government agencies, community groups and non-profits to help them accomplish jobs that might otherwise not get done due to limited resources and funding. Projects range from community revitalization efforts to projects that are improving the sustainability of Maryland’s natural resources. During FY13:

  • Approximately 317 pre-release and minimum security offenders worked outside the fence on routine and special crews on any given weekday.
  • About 610,000 inmate work hours were contributed to PSW projects across the state.

PSW is also a bridge to meaningful employment for this population, helping develop basic everyday skills needed to be an effective employee such as learning to respect a supervisor and working as a team.

Praise for PSW has come from citizens, elected officials, our partner agencies and the offenders who get a chance to do something positive for society prior to their return.

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Quick Facts

  • Restorative justice initiative launched in 2008
  • Approx. 370 offenders working daily on PSW projects
  • More than 713,000 hours contributed to projects across the state in FY12