January 5, 2022
In an effort to ensure that its employees and incarcerated individuals remain safe from the emerging COVID variants, the MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has taken numerous steps to further mitigate the spread of the virus.
Acting in collaboration with our state health partners, DPSCS has implemented a number of mitigation measures. Here are the highlights:
Effective immediately, all in-person visits have been paused until the end of the day on February 4th, with the option to re-evaluate if needed.. The Department is monitoring conditions by facility, region, and statewide, every day.
Because it’s critical to keep families connected, especially during the holidays, the Department will enhance its video visitation practices, offering extended hours seven days per week.
Incarcerated men and women will continue to receive three free 15-minute phone calls per week with enhanced access to phones.
Certain activities, including work release, outside details, religious services, and other programming, may continue for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Changes may occur as conditions change.
Education programming, including college courses, will continue with established COVID protocols.
Complete details have been disseminated to each facility. “Everything we’re doing is designed to protect our employees and those in our care,” says DPSCS Secretary Robert Green. “We are totally focused on working around the clock with our health partners to mitigate the spread of these variants and keep our staff and those we are responsible for safe”
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is committed to protecting the health and well being of our staff, inmates, and detainees who live and work in our facilities. DPSCS, in conjunction with Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), are closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19. DPSCS is prepared to handle any potential cases of COVID-19 within the state-operated correctional institutions in Maryland.
The Department is committed to protecting the health of inmates and staff. The Department’s leadership team continues to monitor the data regarding the spread of COVID-19 across its system and within Maryland communities. The need to modify operations and inmate movement may vary and change at any given time based on the need and/or severity of the health situation as indicated by the COVID-19 data and/or recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health.
2021 Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing – Public Comments
The annual public comments hearing of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP or Commission) is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. The hearing will be conducted via videoconference.
Those who wish to speak at the hearing should register in advance. Instructions for participation in the videoconference will be provided upon registration approval. To accommodate all who wish to participate in the meeting, the MSCCSP requests that each speaker limits their comments to five minutes. The MSCCSP should receive written public comment regarding the tentative amendments by no later than December 6, 2021. Please email written testimony to David Soulé, Executive Director of the Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland DPSCS is accepting lateral transfers from other agencies. All transfer applicants will be eligible to receive the current new hire bonus as well as the regional hiring bonus, provided they meet the requirements. This will accompany a starting salary of $50,816. Please contact Human Resources at (443) 379-1319 for more information or click here to apply!
MD State Prison In-Person Visits Reinstated Effective July 19, 2021
With vaccination rates rising and COVID-19 cases falling, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will soon be able to allow external visitors back into its facilities. The Maryland DPSCS is planning a phased-in reopening to visitors while continuing to follow CDC guidance for congregate settings. In-person visitation is resuming throughout Maryland DPSCS effective Monday, July 19, 2021.
Maintaining and improving relationships between inmates and their families, friends, and loved ones is one of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) key initiatives. Strengthening this bond offers a support net that can help inmates not only achieve success after they leave us, but also heal their families and social support systems. Maryland DPSCS views visitation as a privilege that is an important part of inmate development and case management.
Effectively immediately, Maryland DPSCS will begin slowly transitioning back to in-person inmate visitation, with newly instated COVID-19 protocols. All visitors are subject to a COVID-19 screening questionnaire, temperature check and must wear a mask (covering nose and mouth) at all times.
COVID-19 & IN-PERSON SOCIAL VISITATION
Effective July 19, 2021, Maryland DPSCS will begin Phase 1 of reinstituting in-person social visitation with
inmates, using newly instated COVID-19 protocols and policies.
PHASE 1, IN-PERSON SOCIAL VISITS – GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Individuals must be on the inmate’s Approved Visitor List;
- Individuals must be 12 years of age or older;
- Individuals must be fully vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and provide proof of vaccination;
- Proof of vaccination means the signed CDC Vaccination Card you received at the time of
- Proof of vaccination means the signed CDC Vaccination Card you received at the time of
- Inmates are required to be vaccinated prior to receiving an in-person visitation;
- Inmates who are currently quarantined or in medical isolation may not participate in
in-person visitation, but may participate in Virtual Visits.
- Individuals who are not yet vaccinated but wish to visit with a family member, friend, or loved one may
participate in Virtual Visits.
- Inmates who are currently quarantined or in medical isolation may not participate in
PHASE 1, IN-PERSON SOCIAL VISITS – ADDITIONAL RULES
- An inmate may only receive two visitors during a scheduled visit;
- Visits are by appointment only;
- Visitors must wear a surgical or cloth face mask at all times during the visit – No gaiters, scarfs, or
bandanas are permitted;
- Visitors must participate in front entry COVID-19 protocols, to include a questionnaire and
temperature screening; and
- Visitors must comply with social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet from the inmate and
other visitors not in your group.
NOTE: Any visitor that does not comply with the required procedures shall be denied entry and their visit will
PHASE 1, IN-PERSON SOCIAL VISITS – APPOINTMENTS
Each correctional facility will establish a visitation schedule that allows employees, inmates, and visitors
to maintain social distancing requirements.
- Visitor registration for a scheduled visitation day will begin seven (7) days prior to the visit and
will close three (3) before the visit.
- Due to the limited availability of appointments, visits will be approved on a first come, first
- Each visit time frame will be established at the discretion of the appointing authority, no to exceed one (1) hour in length.
- Visiting areas will be cleaned and disinfected in between scheduled visits.
- Visitors arriving at the correctional facility more than 30 minutes past the scheduled appointment
time will be denied entry for that day.
To schedule an in-person visitation, please click here.
If you have any questions please contact the DPSCS COVID-19 Family Hotline at 410.724.5722.
Governor Hogan Announces Salary Increases to Attract and Retain Correctional Officers!
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced $13 million in salary increases for employees who are charged with the care and custody of inmates within Maryland’s correctional facilities. This follows the administration’s announcement last week of increased salaries for new hires into these critical positions.
These salary enhancements are designed to enhance the state’s ability to compete in an area that has seen recruitment challenges despite many innovative efforts to hire correctional officers.
“This is vital work and the individuals who maintain the security of our correctional institutions and oversee the work of inmates deserve recognition for performing this challenging job,” said Governor Hogan. “I am pleased to be able to offer these increases, which are well-deserved.”
The state was able to reach agreement with the exclusive representative of these employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees within a very short period.
July 2, 2021
Maryland House Bill 222 – Effective June 1, 2021
Maryland House Bill 222 requires the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) to provide each individual who is released from a correctional facility with a voter registration application and documentation informing the individual that their voting rights have been restored.
Please note: any individual who is no longer incarcerated has the right to vote.
To learn more and download Maryland House Bill 222 please click here.
Entry Level Correctional Officer – Hiring Event!
- Apply to be a Correctional Officer I; then
- Register for our One-Day Entry Level Correctional Officer hiring event; then
- Attend the hiring event on your registered date!
PLEASE NOTE: At current time, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will require that all participants and employees wear a face mask for the upcoming In-Person One-Day Entry Level Correctional Officer hiring events.
Here is our list of upcoming events:
MD State Prisons Implement Video Visitation
In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic where travel restrictions and social distancing is helping keep society healthy, Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has developed a solution to ensure our inmate and detainee population has the means for virtual visitations (video and audio) with their support network (family, friends, loved ones, etc.).
Effective immediately, the DPSCS will replace the service Skype with Microsoft Teams services for all virtual visitations.
Virtual visitation is a free service being offered to eligible inmates and authorized visitors.
For instructions to access Microsoft Teams, please click here.
FEMA COVID-19 RELATED FUNERAL EXPENSES
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) believes our employees are our greatest strength and asset and we want to continue to provide support and resources to those who need it. FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. For more details, eligibility criteria, and an application, please visit the FEMA website or click here. For a list of commonly asked questions regarding this initiative please click here.
No Arm Left Behind: State of Maryland Continues to Expand Walk-Up, No-Appointment Vaccinations
ANNAPOLIS, MD—The State of Maryland is expanding opportunities to get vaccinated without an appointment at certain mass vaccination sites.
Walk-up vaccinations are currently open to all eligible Marylanders at these locations:
M&T Bank Stadium (Pfizer)
1101 Russell St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.*
Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (Pfizer)
1 W Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
NOTE: Baltimore City residents only
Greenbelt Metro Station (Pfizer)
5717 Greenbelt Metro Dr.
Greenbelt, MD 20740
Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Moderna)
550 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.*
Wicomico Civic Center (Pfizer)
500 Glen Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21804
Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hagerstown Premium Outlets (Pfizer)
900 Premium Outlets Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Note that walk-up times and vaccination capacity may vary, and individuals should be prepared to wait, depending on demand. Individuals in need of a second dose only may utilize walk-up lines. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds. Additional walk-up opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.
The fastest way to get through a mass vaccination site and be guaranteed a vaccine is by pre-registering at covidvax.maryland.gov or by calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
On Wednesday, Governor Hogan announced a series of “No Arm Left Behind” initiatives to get vaccines to every Marylander who wants one.
*Note that walk-ups will not be offered at these sites on the days of large sporting events.
Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
Maryland took early, aggressive, and unprecedented actions to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, and the incredible sacrifices of Marylanders who stayed home and practiced physical distancing, we have successfully flattened and lengthened the curve.
The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.
Maryland Takes Action to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
With Maryland’s positivity rate exceeding 5% for the first time since June and health metrics spiking across the nation, Governor Hogan announced on November 10 a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Indoor dining. The governor issued an emergency order reducing indoor operations for bars and restaurants from 75% to 50%, effective November 11 at 5 p.m. Bars and restaurants are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions.
- Indoor gatherings. With contact tracing data showing an uptick in cases resulting from family gatherings and house parties, state health officials have issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people or more.
- Travel advisory. Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100K. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. This applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity and/or case rates decline.
- Telework. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Budget and Management to immediately execute a period of mandatory telework across state agencies, except for essential direct public-facing services and other essential personnel. State officials strongly encourage all businesses to take immediate steps to expand telework.
- Hospital surge capacity. State health officials have issued an emergency order expanding hospital surge capacity that provides state EMS officials with the flexibility to shift patients to alternate care sites and to add capacity at those sites if the need arises.
- Nursing homes and assisted living facilities. State health officials have issued new guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19 at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Marylanders should stay home if sick and get tested before they visit. Staff should minimize their contact with large gatherings and communicate early and often about infection control issues at their facilities. Indoor visitation is not permitted if the facility is currently conducting outbreak testing and in accordance with federal guidance on this subject.
Amcelle Rubble Landfill
The existing landfill is located at 12501 Arnel Avenue, Cumberland, 21502 in Allegany County, Maryland. The current permit requires semi-annual monitoring of the groundwater for metals and organic compounds. The proposed permit allows MDE to set and maintain requirements for the continued monitoring of groundwater quality at the closed rubble landfill, and does not authorize an expansion or other change to the facility.
An Informational Meeting will be held if a written request is received by MDE on or before August 26, 2020. The request should indicate the name, address and daytime telephone number of the person making the request, the name of any party whom the person making the request may represent, and the name of the facility. Send the request to: Ms. Kaley Laleker, Director, Land and Materials Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719.
Contact: Sara Haile: (410) 537-3315
The Gardens at Eastern Correctional Institution
Since 2014, Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover has partnered with Somerset County Health Department to harvest more than 55,000 pounds of produce from it’s Inmate Tended Garden. This year marks another milestone. The prison now has 3 gardens and is sending produce to Wicomico County as well. Thank you ECI for making a difference in our communities!
Customers of the four major wireless carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) who are enrolled in their carriers’ text messaging and/or data plan can send text messages to 911 in an emergency when they are unable to place a phone call. This includes those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired, those who may find themselves in a situation where placing a voice call could put them in danger, or those who are experiencing a medical emergency and are unable to speak.
If you are in need of emergency services and unable to place a phone call, you can enter 911 in the “To” line of a new text message and begin your message with the location of the emergency and the type of help needed—police, fire, or emergency medical services. Once the message has been received at the 911 call center, a 911 specialist will respond. You should be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions.
Additional tips for using text-to-911 service:
- As with all text messages, messages to 911 may take longer to receive, may be received out of order, and/or may not be received at all
- If text-to-911 service in not available, you will receive a bounce back message from your carrier telling you to place a phone or relay call instead
- Photos and videos cannot be received by 911 call centers
- English is the preferred language for text messaging, though some limited translation services may be available in your area
- Keep text messages short and simple, and avoid using slang or abbreviations
- Including an additional contact on your text message may prevent it from being received by 911
- Call if you can, text if you can’t
- Do not text and drive
Salute to Class 20-03
Send Care Packages to Your Loved Ones Through Access Securepak!
Through Access Securepak, you can customize care packages to be delivered to your loved ones within our system. Securepak offers a variety of necessities such as hygiene products while also allowing the option to select and send various snacks and products. You are in complete control and customize the packages to fit your loved one’s needs. Click the link below to find out more and get started!
Access Corrections Secure Deposits is the fastest, most convenient way to deposit funds into your loved one’s account!
MD State Prisons Prepared to Act on Executive Order Implementing Alternative Correctional Detention and Supervision
(Towson, Maryland Monday April 20, 2020) — The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is ready and prepared to respond and implement Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order.
The Maryland Parole Commission, the Division of Correction, and the Division of Parole and Probation are working collaboratively to identify those inmates eligible for expedited release or parole pursuant to the Executive Order.
Those inmates who are eligible and will be affected by the Executive Order will be notified individually.
We Want You: Why Now is the Time to Start Your Career as a Correctional Officer
“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.
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, 2020)– 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
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.
Inside the Fence Episode XI
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.