Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center

Important Inmate Phone System Changes

As a result of a recent telephone vendor contract award, friends and family of detainees housed at all the Baltimore City detention facilities should be aware of some minor disruptions in service in the coming weeks. With the introduction of this new vendor we hope to provide you improved detainee telephone services at the same, and in some cases, lower costs.

The actual change-over for BCBIC will happen February 21, 2013. This Advanced Pay brochure from the new vendor has been distributed to the detainee population and may be useful for you as well.

Family members will have to contact Securus directly for refunds on established collect call accounts they (family members) made from Securus in the past. If you currently have an account with Securus you may be receiving a call further explaining your options from the new vendor Global Tel* Link in the near future.

We apologize for any inconvenience this vendor transfer may cause in trying to reach a loved one at a DPSCS facility and thank you for your cooperation.

Contraband ~ Criminal Violations

Pursuant to Maryland's Criminal Law Article, Sections 9-410 and 9-412 through 9-417, it is unlawful for a person to possess, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver contraband in a place of confinement. Such items include but are not limited to telecommunication devices, contraband to effect an escape, weapons of any type, alcoholic beverages, controlled dangerous substances, and tobacco.

It is unlawful for a person to deposit or conceal a telecommunication device in or about a place of confinement with the intent that it be obtained by a person detained or confined.

Violators are subject to arrest and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Upon conviction, violators are subject to imprisonment from periods of 3 to 10 years, fines of $1,000 to $5,000, or both.

Visiting Hours

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday (After 60 days)

Detainee Visits - General Information

  • Use of restroom facilities is prohibited during visitation. If either the inmate or a visitor requires the use of the restroom, the visit will be terminated at that time.
  • All visitors are subject to canine (if available), electronic drug detection device (if available), and/or visual searches prior to being allowed to visit a detainee. If you cannot clear the metal detector, you will be denied entry.
  • All visitors 16 or older must present a valid state issued photo identification.
  • Children (18 years of age and younger) visiting the detainee must be immediate family to the detainee or visitor, adult supervision is at all times while on State property to include parking areas.
  • Visitors must secure all cell phones, tobacco products and electronic devices in their vehicle.
  • Visitors with prior arrest histories are subject to review and can be rejected at any time!
  • Detainees are only permitted one (1) visit per day.
  • Approved attorney visits 24/7.
  • Pastoral visits are on Sundays only between the times of 9a-4p with approval for BCBIC.
  • Visits for BCBIC detainees housed at the Maryland Transitional Center (MTC) Hospital shall follow the guidelines below:
    • Submit a written request to the BCBIC Chief of Security.
    • Request must include detainee’s name, date of birth and state identification number.
    • Name and relationship of visitor to detainee.
    • Visitors are subject to MTC guidelines.
  • Outside Hospital visits are only allowed upon prior approval of by the BCBIC administration (i.e. Johns Hopkins, Mercy, University of Maryland, etc).
    • Submit a written request to the BCBIC Chief of Security.
    • Request must include detainee’s name, date of birth and state identification number.
    • Name and relationship of visitor to detainee.
    • Visitors are subject to individual hospital guidelines.


  • Property pick up is allowed as followed:
    • Inventories held up to three days - 301 East Eager Street.
      • 24/7 - 365 days a year
      • Photo Identification required
    • Inventories held greater than three days - Jail Industries Building, 531 East Madison Street (Graves Street Side of Building).
      • Monday thru Friday 10am to 2pm
      • Photo Identification required


300 E. Madison Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: (410) 545-8122

Fax: (410) 545-8289

Jail Administrator: Carolyn J. Scruggs

Asst. Jail Administrator:
Stacey Lyles-Foster

Security Chief:
Thomas Barnes

Customer/ Detainee Service:

Visitor Dress Code

All visitors, to include children, must dress appropriately for visitation.  All clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps.

    The following types of clothing are not allowed to be worn:
  • tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops
  • see-through clothing
  • mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap)
  • form-fitting clothes such as leotards, spandex, and leggings
  • clothes that expose a person's midriff, side, or back
  • tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits
  • coats, jackets, shawls and scarves will be placed in an appropriate area.