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Frequently Asked Questions

DPSCS Reorganization

Q1. Will this reorganization result in job losses for DPSCS employees?

No. In fact, 99% of employees and physical resources will stay in place. Chain of command and reporting structure are the biggest changes DPSCS employees in the custody/supervision agencies can expect.

Q2. Will managers change for DPSCS employees?

The vast majority of personnel changes will be within the DPSCS management structure currently responsible for the oversight of existing divisions, therefore most DPSCS employees will not see a change in their immediate supervisor. See new DPSCS organizational charts (Go to page 7)

Q3. Will work locations for DPSCS employees change?

It is estimated that less than 1% of all DPSCS staff will move from their current work location to accommodate the reorganization. Changes taking place in management positions will be worked out with those employees on an individual basis.

Q4. How did the DPSCS reorganization come about?

The reorganization plan is a result of not one individual or leader in DPSCS, but rather a team effort by executive staff to devise ideas that would bring Maryland in-line with nationally recognized best practices for offender rehabilitation. Preparing sentenced offenders for reintegration into society to lead crime free lives not only reduces future crimes and victims, but also reduces the financial burden on governments to house and supervise this population.

Q5. Will the reorganization cost money?

The DPSCS reorganization will be done utilizing existing resources. Resulting efficiencies will eventually lower Department costs.

Q6. Will this reorganization change where an inmate is housed?

No. Housing of offenders will still be based on individual security level as well as other public safety and programming needs.  The reorganization will however improve DPSCS’ ability to reconnect offenders with regionally available resources, such as employment, housing and drug treatment when they are nearing release and are on Parole/Probation supervision in the community

Q7. Will the Division of Correction, Parole/Probation and Baltimore’s Pretrial, Detention and Services be going away?

No. Operationally, custody and supervision agencies will remain the same. The only change will be management of these agencies, with each function reporting to a consolidated Regional Director.  The Regional Directors will then report to a DPSCS Deputy Secretary for Operations.

Q8. What about specialized operations that now fall under the above Divisions?

Specialized operations, such as Security Operations for institutions, Maryland Correctional Enterprises, Commitment, Programs and Services, Community Supervision Support, etc. will each have a Director that reports directly to the Deputy Secretary for Operations, serving all regions.

Q9. When will the reorganization take place?

While a concept is in place and staff can expect to see operational shifts happening soon, as with any major organizational change it may take time for more in-depth details to evolve. Legislatively the shift in operational management as well as needed fiscal structure changes would presumably happen July, 2012. The entire process will take more than a year.

Q10. Will the reorganization change DPSCS presence in my community?

No. As the reorganization is focused on a shift in management and organizational structure locations of current correctional facilities, Parole/Probation and administrative offices for DPSCS will not change.

Q11. Will contact information for DPSCS agencies and offices change?

With the exception of a few individual management personnel, you can still contact all DPSCS agencies through normal avenues.  See the facility locator, parole/probation office locator or DPSCS directory of offices .