The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ reorganization focuses on successful offender reentry and lower recidivism. Seamless integration of DPSCS divisions breaks down vertically siloed custody and supervision operations. Operational and public safety efficiencies result.
Regional Integration: A regionally-based DPSCS across three areas of the state – North, Central and South
Finding Efficiencies : Better-served offenders flow through DPSCS system efficiently, utilizing fewer resources
Improving Reentry: Leveraging a new Offender Case Management System, DPSCS operational shift improves offender rehabilitation process
Developing the Plan
Staff from all DPSCS agencies came together through a series of four brainstorming retreats in 2011 to cultivate ideas that would improve public safety efforts across the Department. The group was tasked with addressing the current operational structure which makes fluid movement of offenders from sentencing to rehabilitation difficult due to disparate missions, poor communications, rigid operations and antiquated data systems.
The operational reorganization plan that resulted has three main objectives – Regional Integration, Finding Efficiencies and ultimately Improving Reentry.
Integrating the Division of Correction, the Division of Parole and Probation and Baltimore’s Division of Pretrial, Detention and Services, supervision agencies will operate under Regional Directors who report to a Deputy Secretary for Operations (Go to page 7). No job losses will result nor will supervision and custody of state sentenced offenders change.
Rather, regional integration opens lines of communications, flattens operations and reduces overlap in services. Rehabilitation at a regional level also allows DPSCS to better utilize the $15 million investment made in an Offender Case Management System, which parallels the reorganization by improving the flow of information about offenders under supervision.
The result is dynamic sequential offender case-planning that not only improves the parole process but also better matches offenders to programs and services at all stages of their supervision in their geographical region - ultimately lowering recidivism and cost to tax payers.
With this reorganization, and with the backing of the O’Malley-Brown Administration, DPSCS also hopes to involve other State and Local government agencies who can expand upon our reentry efforts, working together to make government more efficient in our efforts to improve public safety for all Marylanders.
DPSCS will continue to update this page, as well as our social media outlets, with the progress of the reorganization.