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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

Student Debt Assistance for Correctional Officers, Families

July 24, 2018
  TOWSON, MD (July 16, 2018) – As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s college affordability and student debt relief announcement this week, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services today announced that state correctional officers will be eligible for assistance in paying off their student loans or those of a child through the governor’s new SmartWork initiative. This latest incentive applies ... 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

Hogan Signs Tax Relief and Job Creation

May 15, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan was joined today by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch to sign 229 bills into law at a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The governor and presiding officers signed House Bill 365/Senate Bill 184, which will save Marylanders from nearly $3 billion over the next five ... Learn more

Correctional Officers Walk Path of Honor

May 7, 2018
> By day,the three correctional officers walk those charged with some of Baltimore’s most violent crimes through city jails. But later this month, the women will walk across the stages of the area’s most respected universities to receive their diplomas and collect top Grade Point Average honors in their fields of study. “This is the brain trust of the pretrial detention system,” ... Learn more

Family in Prison Led Parole Agent into Corrections

March 1, 2018
> KaeShawn Stewart remembers being a teenager sitting on a bus stop bench at 2 a.m. in South Baltimore worrying about the whereabouts of her drug addicted mother. A car pulled up to the corner spotting the high schooler and a correctional officer stepped out to comfort her. Captain Jamie Wright told Stewart her mom was in prison on drug ... Learn more