Marylandís Division of Parole and Probation: Making A Dramatic Impact on the Public Safety Landscape
American Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week is July 18-24
Media invited to tell some important stories

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Towson, MD (July 16, 2010)--- American Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week (July 18-24) is an annual time to recognize the tremendous contributions of Maryland Parole and Probation agents and employees, the first-line defenders of public safety in our communities. Today, more than at any other time since the advent of probation, Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) employees are using technology, training, and a tireless work ethic to help the men and women placed on probation or released from institutions to community supervision to succeed in the community.

DPP has nearly 700 agents and 1,300 total employees across Maryland. Here are examples of their work which make for excellent media stories this week:

VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE

DPPís Violence Prevention Initiative is taking more violent offenders off the streets than ever before. The Divisionís technological advances include Livescan cross match fingerprint ID technology that closes the loop in making sure an offenderís RAP sheet shows law enforcement a personís supervision status. DPP also operates three Watch Centers in high-crime jurisdictions; these have been instrumental in revoking the community supervision of more violators than ever.

Violence Prevention Initiative Statistics

  • 2,156 average active cases per month under VPI in FY09

  • FY08 vs. FY09
    143% increase in VPI violation warrant requests
    (1,240 vs. 3,027)

  • 61% increase in VPI violation warrants issued
    (1,176 vs. 1,898)

  • 248% increase in VPI offender supervision revocations
    (304 vs. 1,059)

WatchCenters

  • Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince Georgeís County

  • 412 warrants requested in FY09

  • 159 supervisions revoked in FY09

Violence Reduction

  • 16% drop in homicides in Baltimore City and 20% drop in shootings during FY08 and FY09 compared to the previous two FYs

  • 2008 saw second largest reduction in homicides statewide since 1985

  • 135 fewer non-fatal shootings in Baltimore City in CY09 vs. CY08

  • 22% drop in homicide rate and 11% drop in violent crime reported by Prince Georgeís County Police

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING

In 2009, DPP created a mandate that all agents and their field supervisors receive training specific to domestic violence cases. DPP and the DPSCS Professional Development and Training Division developed curriculum and began classes all across the state, which have now reached more than 700 agents and supervisors. This training goes hand-in-hand with other DPSCS efforts to make certain that law enforcement agencies across Maryland more aware of domestic violence issues and cases. Story opportunity: July 22 or 29 in Sykesville.

LIVESCAN IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY

This new grant-funded technology, to be unveiled during the week (separate announcement will be sent), allows digital finger and palm prints and photographs to be transmitted within minutes to law enforcement, which can immediately see that an offender is under Parole and Probation supervision---a fact not always clearly visible before as a specific entry. Story opportunity: July 21 in Westminster.

Other stories for which DPP Director Patrick McGee and his executive leadership team are available this week include:

WARRANT APPREHENSION UNIT-COMMUNITY SUPERVISION ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

DPP MOST WANTED VIOLATORS WEBSITE (Just announced this summer) http://itcd.dpscs.state.md.us/DPPMVW/DppMostWanted.aspx