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Maryland Department of Health – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

All levels of government are working together to respond to the novel coronavirus and keep Marylanders safe and healthy.

Updates on COVID-19 from Governor Hogan.


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MD State Prison Visits Suspended Effective March 12, 2020 Until Further Notice

Towson, MD (March 12, 2020) –-In order to protect our employees, inmates, and detainees and their families, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is suspending all visits to its correctional facilities effective today, March 12.

The Department will provide free phone calls and video visitation for inmates. Read entire Press Release


Secretary Robert Green Confirmed as Secretary of DPSCS

Congratulations to our Secretary, Robert L Green, as he is confirmed by the Maryland Senate to lead the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Secretary Green was appointed by Governor Hogan in April of last year, but the confirmation makes it official.

The Secretary has been the driving force behind the many positive changes made in the short 9 months since accepting the position. Increased recruitment efforts and hires, a streamlining of the overall recruitment process, a more intense focus on re-entry, and a crack down on corruption are just a few of the changes under Secretary Green’s command that are propelling the Department into the future.

Congratulations, Secretary Green! We cannot wait to be a part of all that tomorrow brings!

We Are Public Safety!


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We Want You: Why Now is the Time to Start Your Career as a Correctional Officer

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

One of the most constant components in life is change. Change can come in many forms and be caused by a variety of factors such as physical environments, demographics, economics or politics.

And as former U.S. President John F. Kennedy said, change is inevitable. It is how you harness that change that can predicate your future – especially when it comes to your career.

If you’re considering a career change where you can make a positive impact on your community and on individual lives, then the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MDPSCS) is for you.

As one of the largest state agencies in Maryland, the MDPSCS employs more than 11,000 dedicated individuals that oversee 19 correctional institutions and 42 community supervision offices.


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Maryland Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States every 10 years. The data collected by the census determines Maryland’s representation in Congress, impacts local legislative districts, and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. Completing your census form ensures Maryland families, neighbors, and communities receive the support.


PRESS RELEASES

MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Announces Plan To Open Comprehensive Re-Entry Facility

Will Support Reentry Programming for Women and Men

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 16, 2019)– The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) today announced a plan to redeploy Brockbridge Correctional Facility (BCF) in Jessup as a comprehensive Pre-release, Re-entry, and Workforce Development Facility.

“Brockbridge Correctional Facility presents incredible existing programming space as well as other opportunities to create a facility fully-dedicated to reentry programming, continued workforce development, education, work release, family mediation, and other essential programming,” said DPSCS Secretary Robert Green. “This will allow the department to create additional bridges of connection and expand on our already existing pre-release and reentry facilities across the state.” read more


***NOTIFICATIONS***

***MD State Prison Visits Suspended Immediately***

Towson, MD (March 12, 2020) –-In order to protect our employees, inmates, and detainees and their families, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is suspending all visits to its correctional facilities effective today, March 12.The Department will provide free phone calls and video visitation for inmates. Read entire Press Release


Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Highlights Funding in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

$8 Million for New Correctional Officer Retention Program

TOWSON, MD – Earlier today Governor Larry Hogan unveiled his FY 2021 budget, highlighting funding for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). This includes millions of dollars for correctional officer retention and infrastructure improvements, further demonstrating the administration’s commitment to public safety and the state’s correctional and parole and probation systems.

“Hiring and retaining great employees, keeping the public safe, and providing real opportunities for inmates and probationers to change are critical to our mission,” said DPSCS Secretary Robert Green. “The governor’s budget reflects his ongoing strong commitment to support the mission of public safety in our state.”

The governor’s FY 2021 budget invests more than $1.5 billion for DPSCS’ day-to-day expenses related to the 24/7 housing of more than 18,000 detainees and inmates, the Parole and Probation and pre-trial supervision of more than 50,000 people, and rehabilitative services related to the Department’s mission of public safety and reduced recidivism.

In addition to funding the Department’s operating budget, this budget will help DPSCS retain correctional professionals during a time when law enforcement agencies nationwide are struggling to hire and keep qualified people. The governor’s budget includes an allocation of $8 million spread across two years to launch a new correctional officer retention program.

Retirement-eligible officers who commit to stay on the job for at least four more years would receive a $7,500 sign-on bonus, an additional $7,500 after two years, and a final payment of $22,500 at the end of the four-year period. This bonus will help address the issue of many officers retiring at or after 20 years of service.

To address issues relating to aging infrastructure, the proposed budget includes nearly $3.1 million dedicated to repairs at DPSCS correctional facilities.

DPSCS remains steadfast in its mission to provide around-the-clock custody, programs, and medical services, as well as supervision in the community for the growing number of people who are serving terms of Parole and Probation in lieu of incarceration.


Census 2020: You Can Shape The Future


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***ALERT***

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has been made aware  that members of the public are receiving phones calls indicating that a loved one has been taken into our custody and a fee was necessary to ensure their release.  The caller indicates that money should be sent through Western Union.

While the caller is using the same institution name with each phone call, please note that no time will you be asked to send money via Western Union from any of our detention facilities or institutions.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services continues to investigate circumstances surrounding these phone calls.


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National Accreditation from the American Correctional Association Commission

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Congratulations to both Maryland Correctional Training Center and North Branch Correctional Institution! Both facilities received National Accreditation from the American Correctional Association Commission on Accreditation for Corrections in San Diego. Great job to both facilities for success during this very rigorous process.


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