Restorative Justice

In 2008, we kicked off our Public Safety Works (PSW) initiative - a restorative justice effort providing valuable life skills to offenders as a bridge to meaningful employment through community-based public works projects.

Second Chances Farm

The Second Chances Farm provides a safe haven for retired race horses that would otherwise face possible abuse or slaughter. The farm provides opportunities for inmates to learn valuable work ethics, maintenance skills and compassion for horses through the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) curriculum.

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Veteran Cemetery Maintenance

In collaboration with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, DPSCS instituted a maintenance program for the Crownsville, Garrison Forrest, and Cheltenham cemeteries.

Maryland continues to be the only state in the nation to employ honorably-discharged veterans as inmate workers in veterans’ cemeteries. Crews worked over 5,700 hours across these cemeteries in FY09.

The Department is currently discussing adding two more veteran cemetery crews

Community Projects

Another cemetery project, Mount Auburn, is a partnership with the Sharp Street United Methodist Church to reclaim the historic Baltimore City African American burial ground from overgrowth. By the end of FY09, Bay cleanupinmates from the local communities had cleared all 43 acres of brush, using mostly hand tools. Crews have begun returning to clear re-growth at the beginning of FY10.

PSW also worked with Habitat for Humanity on several projects in Baltimore City and Montgomery and Caroline Counties. These projects started with inmates simply hauling drywall or clearing debris. Now, offenders are learning basic carpentry and drywall hanging skills.

Beautification projects and community clean-ups are also widely used by local, state and federal government agencies. Projects have included assisting with restoration to the Antietam Battlefield, snow removal from the Raven’s Stadium, prep and take-down for county fairs, set-up for a Relay for Life event, clearing a high school cross-country track and much more.

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Quick Facts

Public Safety Works Projects

  • 70 current projects at the end of CY09
  • A daily average of 400 offenders working on PSW projects


Second Chances Farm

  • Opened May 2009 – Partnership with Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
  • 70 acres of reclaimed farm land
  • Anticipated capacity of 40 horses and 15 inmate employees


Veterans Cemeteries

  • Honorably discharged inmate veterans giving back to fellow soldiers
  • Crownsville, Garrison Forrest and Cheltenham Cemeteries
  • 5,700 hours of maintenance in FY09


Community Projects

  • 43 acres of historic African American cemetery cleared
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Antietam Battlefield restoration
  • Local neighborhood clean-ups

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