Topics At A Glance
In FY13, the department embarked in the single largest Public Safety Works effort ever undertaken in the landmark deconstruction of the Maryland House of Correction. In the most unique and largest inmate labor project in America, more than 120 inmates were trained in hazardous materials abatement and other skills as they helped to deconstruct the facility, built in 1879.
- The project saved taxpayers an estimated $5 million. The department recycled more than a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of doors, windows, fencing and other items for use by other correctional facilities.
- Deconstruction will allow 90 percent of wreckage from the old prison to stay out of landfills.
Inmates planted 1,800 tree seedlings in FY13 along with the Department of Natural Resources next to the Patuxent Institution. The work brings the number of trees planted throughout the state by inmates to 1,150,000.
In partnership withSmart, Green & Growing’s Maryland Grow Oysters program, PSW inmate crews built cages for a citizen growing program in FY13. Pre-release inmates also worked with the Department of Natural Resources at the Piney Point Aquaculture Center to support spat repopulation. During FY13:
- Inmates contributed over 108 work days and 3,766 man hours for the Piney Point project.
- Washed and graded 24,750 bushels of oyster shells.
- Bagged 39,600 shell bags and loaded them on to 792 pallets.
- 'Sustainability in Prisons' Network Goes National 04/25/13
- 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
- City Holds Trash Cleanup Along Gwynns Run Stream 03/22/13
- Inmate Work Project 05/02/12
- Howard County Parks to Receive 490 Transplanted Pine Trees 10/07/11
- DPSCS Green Public Safety Works featured in Spring 2011 edition of Corrections Today 06/17/11
- Marylanders Grow Oysters Helps Connect People to Bay - Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch 04/18/11
- MD Citizens Surpass Tree Planting Goal - TheBayNet.com 01/13/10
- Citizen Oyster Growing Project Expands from 12 to 19 Rivers - TheBayNet.com 09/19/10
- Inmates baby oysters - Southern MD News 08/18/10
- Inmates Help Restore Native Oysters To Bay - WJZ-13 08-12-10
- Inmates Help Maryland Go Green WJZ TV 04/21/10
- Inmates Help State Go Green WMAR/AP 04/08/10
- Inmate Help Grow Oysters Star Democrat 09/30/09
- Prisoners Help Restock Waters with Spat at Piney Point Aquaculture Center Southern MD News 08/28/09
- Severn River Home Owners Become Oyster Caretakers The Capital 08/28/09
- Oyster Cages Delivered To Marylanders – WBAL.com 08/27/09
- First Volunteer Grown MD Oysters Transplanted AP 08/11/09
- Inmates Make Oyster Cages to Boost Bay Herald-Mail 07/31/09
- Maryland Moves Forward with One Million Tree Initiative Southern MD Online 6/8/09
- Inmates Plant Seeds to Stop Erosion on MD Island WJZ 06/04/09
- Inmates Help Restore Chesapeake Bay Herald-Mail 05/22/09
- Tree-planting campaign provides job skills for Maryland inmates – Herald-Mail.com 04/03/08
- ECI inmates take part in Arbor Day plantings – delmarvanow.com 04/03/08
- Prison Inmates Plant Trees In Celebration Of Arbor Day – your4state.com 04/02/08
Sustainability In FY13
House of Correction
- $5 million saved by 120 inmates deconstructing facility
- Allowed 90 percent of wreckage to stay out of landfills
- Saved 100,000 bricks for public projects
- 1,800 tree seedlings planted next to the Patuxent Institution
- 1,150,00 trees planted throughout the state by inmates to date
- Inmates worked 3,766 hours at Piney Point
- 24,750 bushels of oyster shells washed and graded
- 39,600 shells bagged