DPSCS Feature Stories

2012

Patuxent's Female Offenders Give Back with Beautiful Quilts
What started with an old quilt in need of repair has blossomed into 13 years of restorative justice from the women inmates at Patuxent Institution. ...Learn more



Hundreds come out to community resource fair sponsored by DPSCS Central Region Community Supervision
Hundreds of ex-offenders and other folks facing hard times lined up at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore on Thursday, ...Learn more



MCI-H Lifers' Group Holds Conference Featuring Victims and Legal Advocates
More than 115 men serving life sentences organized a conference at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCIH) ...Learn more



DPSCS Inmate Crews Help Storm Cleanup Effort in State’s Hardest-hit Areas
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Public Safety Works initiative has come to the aid of Maryland’s. ...Learn more



Honoring Some of DPSCS' Unsung Heroes: Chaplains
Few people in the entire state prison system have a “caseload” as large as chaplains. In addition to ministering to the spiritual needs of as many as two thousand inmates, chaplains also help ...Learn more



Faith-Based Forum Addresses Support for Returning Offenders
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) faith-based forum, hosted October 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Neighborhoods, ...Learn more



26 Officers Graduate from D.A.R.E. Training
One of the longest-running substance abuse prevention programs in America’s schools has a strong Maryland connection. D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is taught to law enforcement officers ...Learn more



Emergency Number Systems Board Honors State's Unsung Heroes: 9-1-1 Center Communicators
One of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' (DPSCS) critical but seldom recognized agencies ...Learn more



Inmates Try to Help Pay Victims Back Through Arts and Crafts Donations
Inmates who truly have changed and are remorseful for their crimes often ask how they can pay their victims back. This fall, some inmates in the DPSCS facilities did just that, donating artwork and crafts ...Learn more



Helping Jessup Inmates Stay Sober for 55 Years
Inmates, staff, and volunteers packed the library at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) on August 29 for a truly special celebration: the 55th anniversary of the nation’s longest ...Learn more



Twenty Officers Graduate from New Academy
Twenty men and women graduated from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) entry level correctional academy in Hagerstown this month, the first class in a completely ...Learn more



DPSCS Employees at Two Cumberland Prisons Help Local Animal Shelter
Correctional employees from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) two Cumberland prisons stepped up in a big way to help a local animal shelter in trouble. ...Learn more



Eastern Correctional Institution and MD Environmental Service Employees Donate School Supplies for Lower Shore Kids
Once again this year, employees at Maryland's largest prison, and the MD Environmental Service (MES) employees ...Learn more


MCI-H Inmates Raise More Than $2,100 for America's Vet Dogs Program
Nearly 400 inmates turned out Saturday to walk for a tremendous restorative justice cause. The walk-a-thon at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H) ...Learn more



DPSCS partners with Cambridge and Romano Construction to give inmates tremendous job training and pedestrians safer streets
Thanks to a $370,000 grant from the MD Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Cambridge and DPSCS have entered ...Learn more


Tug of War Lets DPSCS Top Quarter-Million Dollar Mark for Special Olympics Maryland
In 1993, several folks in the Division of Correction had an idea to join the growing law enforcement involvement in Special Olympics ...Learn more



DPSCS Reentry Efforts Highlighted in National Corrections Today Publication
On Greenmount Avenue just outside downtown Baltimore,in a hardscrabble community surrounded by seven jails and prisons, ...Learn more



DPSCS Trains Mexican and Salvadoran Correctional Supervisors and Case Managers
During the past few years, many countries have sent their people to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services ...Learn more



Governor and Mayor Join DPSCS in Honoring a Treasured — and Now Restored — Historic Landmark: Baltimore's Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Thanks in large measure to the impressive Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Public Safety Works inmate ...Learn more


DPSCS Salutes volunteers who provide correctional facilities with countless programs
At no cost to taxpayers and on their own time and expense, they lead religious services; provide materials and support services for ...Learn more



MD Community Crime Prevention Institute gives teens a sobering experience about the deadliness of drinking and driving
The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI) held its first ever on-site DWI Awareness Day April 23. A class of 30 from ...Learn more


Join DPSCS During our National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Regional Open House
In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) this year, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional ...Learn more



Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup Wins 2012 Public Safety Honor Guard Competition
Maryland Correctional Institution -- Jessup (MCI-J) won first place in today's third-annual (DPSCS) ...Learn more




DPSCS K9 Unit Treats Elderly Veterans to a Special Dog Show
The nationally-respected DPSCS K9 Unit paid a visit to the Maryland State Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, bringing joy to some seniors who were amazed to see the dogs' prowess at finding contraband. ...Learn more



Eighteen New Soldiers on the Front Lines of Community Supervision
Exhorted by the Secretary of Public Safety to be compassionate and good listeners as well as law enforcers, eighteen men and women were officially sworn in as community supervision agents on April 10 . ...Learn more



Community Supervision Agent Goes the Extra Mile to Help Ex-offenders with Central Region Resource Fair
The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI) held its first ever on-site DWI Awareness Day April 23. A class of 30 ...Learn more



‘Supermax’ no more: Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center now officially Chesapeake Detention Facility
When the facility’s sharply-dressed Honor Guard pulled back the long drape in front of the imposing one time ‘Supermax’ prison on April 4, ...Learn more



Staff and detainees at the Chesapeake Detention Facility

Chesapeake Detention Facility Restorative Justice Effort Nets the Cancer Society $1,000
Staff and detainees at the Chesapeake Detention Facility (formerly MD Correctional Adjustment Center) in downtown Baltimore ...Learn more



C&O_Canal

Public Safety Works Lends a Hand Along the C&O Canal
One of the strong partnerships the DPSCS Public Safety Works restorative justice initiative has formed is with the National Park Service, which maintains the C&O Canal trail ...Learn more



Hamilton Little League

Its Play Ball Time in Northeast Baltimore Thanks to DPSCS Public Safety Works Crews
The Hamilton Little League fields that have hosted tens of thousands of hopeful Cal Ripkens and Eddie Murrays since 1950 are ...Learn more



Improving Reentry

DPSCS Shares Reentry Efforts at Maryland Symposium
Addressing more than 250 participants who gathered in Annapolis for the Maryland Statewide Community Reentry Symposium, Deputy Secretary for Operations J. Michael Stouffer highlighted the ...Learn more



Maryland Correctional Enterprises Offers Vehicle Wrap Service

Maryland Correctional Enterprises Offers Vehicle Wrap Service
One of the newer and more visually impressive services offered by one of the nation’s top prison industry groups is now in evidence on highways all over central Maryland: “wrapped” vehicles. ...Learn more


New Agents Join the Ranks of Maryland Parole and Probation

New Agents Join the Ranks of Maryland Parole and Probation
Thirty-five men and women graduated today from the Parole and Probation Agent Academy, joining the front lines of the Maryland public safety effort in which they play a key role. ...Learn more


Maryland Attorney General Stresses Importance of Gang Awareness

Maryland Attorney General Stresses Importance of Gang Awareness
Making Maryland schools safer sometimes takes special effort on the part of veteran law enforcers. And part of that effort these days involves teaching students about the dangers of gang involvement ...Learn more


Bestselling Author Visits Women Inmates

Bestselling Author Visits Women Inmates
One of the many things DPSCS does to prepare inmates for release is offer them the chance to improve themselves and meet people who can help them understand how to turn dreams and desires into ...Learn more



2011

DPSCS Holiday Giving

DPSCS Holiday Giving
From one end of Maryland to another, the benevolence and caring of DPSCS personnel is in full view this holiday season. From parties for kids to glove, hat and coat collections and hot meals for . ...Learn more


Change of Leadership Ceremony

Change of Leadership Ceremony
Amid colleagues, family and friends, Betty Johnson was officially installed as the Warden of the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System (MCPRS) on Wednesday, December 7th. ...Learn more



New Horses at Second Chance Farms

New Horses at Second Chance Farms
Among the many great Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) restorative justice programs under Public Safety Works allowing inmates to learn skills and pay society back ...Learn more



Inmates Make Toys

WCI Inmates Make Toys for Underprivileged Kids
Inmates at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland this fall have carved more than one thousandwooden toys which will be distributed to non-profits ...Learn more



Inmate Art

Inmate Art Displayed at Allegany College
More than twenty pieces of inmate art are on display at the Hazen Gallery at Allegany College of Maryland, all of it original work created by maximum-security prisoners ...Learn more



correctional Chaplains

Baltimore Women’s Detention Center Job Fair Looks to Break the Cycle of No-Work=Re-Arrest
One of the biggest hurdles facing recently-released detainees and inmates is the lack of a stable job. All too often ...Learn more



correctional Chaplains

Correctional Chaplains Honored for their Quiet Strength
National correctional chaplains’ advocacy groups set aside the last full week in October to honor men and women who are often viewed by inmates, employees, a ...Learn more



Innovator of the Year feature

2011 Innovator of the Year -DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard
When Gary Maynard travels across the state to town and county meetings, he issues officials a challenge. ...Learn more




Drinking Driver Program feature

Drinking Driver Monitor Program Graduates 15
Little-known but very important among DPSCS agencies is the unit of the Division of Parole and Probation whose monitors keep track of convicted drunken drivers. ...Learn more




Web PCTC Instructor feature

Police and Correctional Training Commissions Honor Instructors of the Year
The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (PCTC) honored 40 men and women in law enforcement ...Learn more




PSW Rescues Another Neglected Cemetery

Public Safety Works Rescues Another Neglected Cemetery
Minimum-security inmates from Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland worked seven days this fall to restore a long-neglected cemetery in the tiny mountain town of Lonaconing. ...Learn more




Sykesville Cuts the Ribbon

Sykesville Cuts the Ribbon on Inmate-Made Masonry Gateway Signs
The Carroll County town of Sykesville cut the ribbon on its huge new gateway signs, another project of the DPSCS Public Safety Works campaign. ...Learn more




Inmates Clear Storm Debris At Sandy Point

DOC Inmates Clear Storm Debris At Sandy Point State Park
Maryland Division of Correction pre-release inmates furthered their assistance efforts to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this week, when they finished clearing a popular beach ...Learn more




Carolyn Scruggs Installed as Warden

Carolyn Scruggs Installed as Warden at Baltimore Central Booking
There were a sharp Division of Pretrial Detention and Services Honor Guard; dozens of Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) leaders; more than a hundred ...Learn more




9-1-1 Center Employees

Emergency Number Systems Board Helps Honor Maryland 9-1-1 Center Employees
DPSCS is a diverse department, with more than corrections and parole and probation in the mix. One of its smaller but still very important ...Learn more




IPSW crews in Port Deposit

Inmate Public Safety Works crew comes to the aid of flood-damaged Port Deposit
The DPSCS Public Safety Works inmate labor effort is allowing incarcerated men who are soon to return to society the...Learn more




Pillowcases For Kids With Cancer

A Mile of Pillowcases For Kids With Cancer---Made by Inmates
Western Correctional Institution staff love to give their inmates opportunities to pay society back in meaningful ways. And no payback could be more meaningful than what inmates...Learn more




Agent Graduation

Agent Graduation
On August 31, a large class of 47 men and women headed off to the front lines of community supervision, sworn in by the Division of Parole and Probation’s Acting Director Patricia Vale, who reminded ...Learn more




Anchor of Hope Cemetery

Inmates Bring Hope to Anchor of Hope Cemetery
Retired Marine Donald Willey knows just where he wants to be laid to rest whenever the time comes. The problem is, unless he gets a lot of help pretty fast, ...Learn more




BCDC’s Youth Garden

BCDC’s Youth Garden: A “Journey to a Fresh Start”
Behind the razor wire of the Baltimore City Detention Center’s (BCDC) Eager Street entrance, along the ancient wall that separates that holding facility from the 200-year old prison next door ...Learn more



Agent Helps Kids RESET Their Lives

Parole and Probation Agent Helps Kids “RESET” Their Lives
Working on Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore, Parole and Probation agent Allison Broughton knows just because you’re not in an urban area, it doesn’t mean young people don’t have ...Learn more




An Oasis of Calm

An Oasis of Calm in the Middle of a Prison
On June 27, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) dedicated its third prison meditation garden. This latest green space funded by a grant from ...Learn more




Harvesting Farm Fields

DOC Inmates Harvesting Farm Fields for the Maryland Food Bank
The idea behind restorative justice is to allow inmates the opportunity to pay back the society they’ve harmed. One of the greatest examples of this is happening now on the Eastern Shore ...Learn more




MCE Cares

Maryland Correctional Enterprises Graduates 12 Inmates From CARES Re-Entry Program
Among all of America’s prison industry groups, Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) is regarded as one of the very best: ...Learn more




Second Chances Farm

Second Chances Farm Has a New Run-In Shelter
When America’s eighth inmate-run horse rescue farm opened at Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville in 2009, DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard said he ...Learn more




Beating Addictions

Beating Addictions One Small Step at a Time
Nobody knows the pain of addiction better than the 40 women who were seated to the side of the podium at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women...Learn more




Eco-friendly Corrections

DPSCS Public Safety Works Efforts Featured in a National Publication
Looking for eco-friendly corrections around the country, the American Correctional Association included an article in the Spring edition of Corrections Today ...Learn more




Diplomas

State’s Largest Prison Graduates More Than 140 GED and Occupational Trade Skills Inmates
One of the top goals of DPSCS is to allow inmates who truly want to change the opportunity to become successful taxpaying citizens ... Learn more




Inmate Walk-A-Thon

MCI-H’s Inmate Walk-A-Thon Nets $2,100 for M.A.D.D.
When DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard arrived in Maryland four years ago, he made clear his interest in restorative justice: allowing inmates ...Learn more




Tug of War

Tug of War Lets DPSCS Top Quarter-Million Dollar Mark for Special Olympics Maryland
In 1993, several folks in the Division of Correction had an idea to join the growing law enforcement involvement in Special ...Learn more




Crime Prevention Awards

Teaching Crime Prevention Tips - To The Chinese
The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI), based in Sykesville at DPSCS’ Public Safety Education and Training Center, is a go-to agency for many citizens’ ...Learn more




5th Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony

Police and Correctional Training Commissions’ 5th Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony
Every year in May, during the time set aside to honor fallen law enforcement officers, the training agencies within DPSCS ...Learn more




Recognizing the DPSCS “police force”

Recognizing the DPSCS “police force”
Little-known but critically important among DPSCS agencies is the Internal Investigative Unit, whose highly-skilled detectives handle a variety of criminal and ...Learn more




Governor’s Million Tree Milestone

DPSCS Helps Maryland Reach Governor’s Million Tree Milestone
By the time Governor Martin O’Malley initiated the Marylanders Plant trees initiative in 2009 to get citizens involved in the greening of the state, DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard had already pledged ...Learn more




DPP Graduates 12 New Agents

Division of Parole and Probation Graduates 12 New Agents
The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) in April welcomed twelve men and women to the front lines of community supervision. The new agents will join more than 800 others to help ...Learn more




A D.A.R.E. Stalwart

A D.A.R.E. Stalwart Who’s at the Top of His Class
When Claude Nelson of DPSCS’ Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute handed out medallions for his latest class of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduates ...Learn more




MCE makes the new ICC a “greenway”

Maryland Correctional Enterprises makes the new ICC a “greenway”
The Inter-County Connector, Maryland’s first all-electronic toll road, has created a buzz for the hoped-for congestion relief it may provide for Prince George’s and Montgomery County’s east-west traffic ...Learn more




DPSCS Salutes Volunteers

DPSCS Salutes Volunteers Who Help In Women’s Facilities
Even with a budget of more than one billion dollars, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services could never hope to provide all the services and programs inmates ...Learn more




SCF Second Graduate

Learning Patience, Compassion and Horse Maintenance
“Who would have thought a guy from West Baltimore would be scooping poop,” Jamel Johnson asked as he was presented a certificate marking the end of his six-month training in equine ...Learn more




Facial Recognition Technology

Catching a Bad Guy With Facial Recognition Technology
Some of the “faces” on Facebook and other social networking sites are doing more than introducing themselves to would-be friends. They’re introducing themselves to potential criminal convictions, ...Learn more




New Warden at BCDC

New Warden at Baltimore City Detention Center
The Baltimore City Detention Center’s (BCDC) new warden was officially installed on February 23 in a Change of Leadership Ceremony at nearby St. Frances ...Learn more




A Parliamentary Visit

A Parliamentary Visit to Maryland Correctional Enterprises
Maryland’s prison industry arm is one of the most successful in the nation: a top ten in both number of inmates employed (more than 2,000) and sales (more than $50 million annually). And the success of ...Learn more




11,000 Donated Books

11,000 Donated Books Find Their Way Into Correctional Libraries
Eleven thousand books donated by loved ones of the late Gerry Solomon and by the Parole Rotary have been delivered to the more than twenty correctional libraries across Maryland operated by the ....Learn more




Smart Government Partnerships

Smart Government Partnerships Lead to New Mission for MCAC and New Correctional Facilities
Solving two vexing correctional problems at once, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has used ...Learn more




DPSCS Honor Guard Competition

Patuxent Institution Wins DPSCS Honor Guard Competition
Patuxent Institution’s Honor Guard Friday morning won the honor of representing the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at public events throughout 2011 by placing... Learn more


2010
Crime Prevention Awards

Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards Honors DPSCS Employees
The annual Governor’s Crime Prevention Awards for 2010 honored law enforcement and correctional personnel and private citizens from across the state for their crime reduction efforts, and ...Learn more




BALTIMORE CITY DETENTION CENTER HOLDS FIRST JOB FAIR FOR DETAINEES

More Than 11,000 Books Donated To Correctional Libraries
When Judy Richter’s husband died late last year, she was careful to make sure that his most treasured possessions---his thousands upon thousands of books--- went to people who ...Learn more




Cumberland Prison Staff and Inmates Make Sure Underprivileged Kids Get Special Toys This Holiday Season
At Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Warden Phil Morgan, Assistant Warden Dr. Harry Murphy and ...Learn more




Don’t tell the kids, but Santa is a correctional officer
The screams said it all: “We want Santa!” roared more than 150 little voices in the basement cafeteria at St. James and John school in East Baltimore. And sure enough, as if on cue, ...Learn more




Patuxent Institution’s Women Inmates Donate 113 Quilts to Charity
For the past twelve years, the women inmates at Patuxent Institution in Jessup, a correctional facility of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), have been ...Learn more




Baltimore City Detention Center holds first job fair for detainees
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is committed to reducing the nearly fifty-percent rate of recidivism among ex-offenders. A big part of this involves ...Learn more




MD Community Crime Prevention Institute Program Graduates New D.A.R.E

MD Community Crime Prevention Institute Program Graduates D.A.R.E.
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is often known for corrections and parole/probation – but we are also involved in the well-known youth program called ...Learn more




Intensive Parole and Probation Workshop On Managing Sexual Offenders
The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) recently completed intensive three-day sexual offender management training and workshops. The conference brought together approximately 130 ...Learn more




Green Job Opportunity Benefits Offenders and Oysters

Green Job Opportunity Benefits Offenders and Oysters
A crew from the Southern Maryland Pre-release Unit has spent this past summer learning the basics of oyster repopulation in St. Mary’s County, while also helping a vital aquaculture center rejuvenate ...Learn more




Cutting the ribbon

Taking the Lead in Making Communities Safer
July is always the month to honor parole and probation agents nationally. But if you take a close look at what the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation is accomplishing these days ...Learn more




Cutting the ribbon

Restoring History, Building Houses, and Building a Future
These are exciting times for inmates who truly want to pay back the society they have harmed. Thanks to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ ...Learn more




Pulling for Special Olympics

Record Turnout at Annual DOC Tug of War for Special Olympics
The Division of Correction Commissioner’s Tug of War event, held annually to benefit Special Olympics Maryland, featured a record 30 teams this year. Tug teams gathered from ...Learn more




One Million Tree Goal

DPSCS More Than Halfway to One Million Tree Goal
Two years ago, when Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Secretary Gary Maynard pledged that offender work crews would plant one million trees within four years ...Learn more




Using the prison library

“The Big Read” Comes to Maryland Division of Correction Libraries
This spring, prison libraries within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) have been able to buy hundreds of books and organize dozens of reading and discussion groups thanks to a significant grant from ...Learn more

2009
End of Year Secretary's Report

CY09 Secretary's Report - End of Year Update
At the conclusion of calendar year 2009 DPSCS has seen continued success in our efforts to Keep Maryland Communities Safe, Believe in the Value of Human Capital and put Public Safety to Work. Our 2009 End of Year Update, a... Learn more



Lending a Helping Hand

Lending a Hand, Showing We Care
Staff from the Baltimore City Correctional Center gave more than 130 students gloves and hats at Cecil Elementary School in East Baltimore on January 8. It’s an example of dozens of wonderful acts of benevolence from DPSCS employees... Learn more



The Boss Chair

$1.1 Million Purchase To Improve Institutional Safety
recently announced the purchase of more than $1 million in security equipment, including the BOSS chair that scans body cavities for the presence of metal contraband. Less contraband in our facilities means a safer environment for offenders and ... Learn More



Launcing the Escape Notification System

DPSCS Announces Escape Notification System
Through our ongoing efforts to be a good neighbor, DPSCS has launched a new Community Escape Notification System . Citizens are encouraged to sign-up NOW to receive alerts by phone, email and/or text in the event of a prison escape in your ... Learn More