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A New Kind of Prison Gang Initiative

January 31, 2019
    When filmmakers finished using a Jessup Correctional Institution van a few years back, then Security Chief Allen Gang instructed an officer to thoroughly search it. Sure enough, the officer found several pieces of metal wire used to hang window shading. “That can be used as a weapon,” Gang said holding up the hanger. “That can be used by an inmate to hurt ... Learn more

Arrest Warrant Issued for Baltimore Inmate Walk Off

January 16, 2019
An arrest warrant has been issued for an inmate sentenced for robbery and assault after he escaped Tuesday from a Baltimore halfway house. Pedro Ayala is serving a two-year sentence and was being transferred from the Threshold Inc. halfway house on St. Paul Street in Baltimore. Ayala, 25, was handcuffed at 3:30 p.m. awaiting transport to the Baltimore City Correctional Center ... Learn more

Rutherford Announces $378 Million for Baltimore Prison Treatment Center

January 10, 2019
Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Announces Funding for Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder Services, New Commission Studying Mental and Behavioral Health Hogan Administration Increases Investments for Treatment and Prevention Efforts; Commission to Study Link Between Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined state and local leaders to announce new Hogan administration initiatives to expand ... Learn more

State Prisons Department Offers Sage Advice to the World

December 11, 2018
  Bill Sage travels the world, from Kosovo to Nigeria, explaining the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services vast intelligence gathering network that thwarts jailed criminals and prison corruption. The U.S. Justice Department and State Department regularly summons the Maryland prisons director into action as an intelligence ambassador. “We call him the international man of mystery,’’ said, Errol Etting, Executive Director ... Learn more

Criminal Sentencing Policy Commission Seeks Public Comments

October 22, 2018
  The annual public comments hearing of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. It will be held in the House of Delegates Office Building, Judiciary Committee Room (Room 100) at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Members of the public are invited to address the Commission with their concerns about ... Learn more

Inmates Walk Out of Halfway House

September 17, 2018
                      An arrest warrant has been issued for a 49-year-old inmate who walked out of the Threshold Inc. halfway house in Baltimore. Herman Staley, who is serving a two year sentence for second degree assault, left the facility at 1702 St. Paul St. about 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Learn more

Hagerstown Inmate Walks Off Job

August 27, 2018
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Hagerstown inmate who left his work release job late Saturday, August 25, 2018. Charles Smallwood, 55, is incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Training Center and is halfway through a six-year sentence for robbery. He was working at the Boonsboro American Legion post and was reported missing by supervisors at about 9 ... Learn more

New Diet Gives Women Inmates ‘Lighter’ Sentence

July 31, 2018
  When Margaret Chippendale took over as warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women five years ago, she saw something jarring. “I was running into inmates that I knew when they were at other facilities and they just looked bigger,” Chippendale said. The corrections veteran did some investigating and sure enough found that women inmates were receiving the same amount of calories ... Learn more

Baltimore Worker Inmate Fails to Return

June 4, 2018
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Baltimore pre-release inmate who failed to return early Saturday from his work release job. Kenneth J. Bibbens, 34, was finishing up an eight-year sentence for burglary, robbery and firearms possession at the Baltimore City Correctional Center. Bibbens was working at a downtown Baltimore restaurant when he failed to return to the institution by ... Learn more

Texting Ability Gets Baltimore Accused to Court, Reduces Crime

May 24, 2018
Baltimore City Pretrial Services has partnered with vendor Code for America to launch ClientComm, a system reducing incarceration by providing texting capabilities between case managers and those under community supervision. Baltimore City Pretrial Services already had a high success rate in getting clients to court. In 2016, the average failure to appear rate was 6.32% for more than 3,000 supervised cases. Yet ... Learn more