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Home Detention Unit Inmate Walks Off

July 17, 2019
  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 27-year-old inmate who was deemed a walk off by the department’s Home Detention Unit. At about 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019, the department received a violation signaling Brent Monroe’s separation from his electronic monitor. Monroe is serving a five-year sentence on drug and gun possession charges. Police attempted to call ... Learn more

Baltimore Inmate Fails to Return to Halfway House

July 13, 2019
A Baltimore inmate failed to return to a halfway house from his work release program early Saturday morning, July 13, 2019. Eric Wolferman, 40, is serving a 15-month sentence for robbery and left Threshold Inc. at 1702 St. Paul Street about 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Wolferman was permitted to return at midnight due to his employer at 2100 Wicomico Street in ... Learn more

Psych Doc Talks Prison Treatment Changes

July 3, 2019
Psych Doc Talks Prison Treatment Changes   When Dr. Randall Nero first joined the Maryland prison system, psychologists focused on an inmate’s childhood experiences and parental relationships as the source of their criminality, preached by famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Not anymore. Next month, Nero will celebrate 35 years in correctional psychiatry, now focused on cognitive behavior, teaching inmates to address emotions such as anger management. “A lot of these folks ... Learn more

Fleeing Inmate Back in Custody

June 15, 2019
The Warrant Apprehension Unit of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services today captured an inmate who fled a Baltimore halfway house in January. Pedro Ayala, who was serving a sentence for unauthorized removal of property and second-degree assault, left the halfway house at 1702 St. Paul Street in Baltimore on January 11, 2019. Warrant detectives relentlessly tracked Ayala from New ... Learn more

Baltimore Woman Arrested For Allegedly Delivering Drugs to Inmate

June 15, 2019
Correctional officers working for the Department of Public Safety continue to crack down on drugs being smuggled into their facilities. A Baltimore woman was arrested today after correctional officers say they watched her hand a package filled with drugs to an inmate over a visiting room barrier at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md. Mariah Phillip, 23, was arrested when detectives recovered ... Learn more

Authorities Search for Baltimore Inmate Walkoff

June 13, 2019
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 28-year-old inmate who failed to return to a Baltimore halfway house on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. David Gray, who is serving two years and six months for second-degree assault, is a resident of Threshold Inc. at 1702 St. Paul St. in Baltimore. Gray was last seen at about 12:20 when he ... Learn more

Service Puppy Named for Fallen Correctional Officer

May 16, 2019
Service Puppy Named for Fallen Correctional Officer   The newest future service dog to arrive at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown is eliciting some tears for more than his cuteness. The black Labrador is named Turner in honor of the late Lieutenant Bryan Turner, a 27-year veteran correctional officer and former director of the America’s VetDogs program at Maryland Correctional Institution – Hagerstown. The canines are trained by inmates at ... Learn more

Outlasting the Beatles, Vietnam and Watergate as a 50-year State Worker

May 14, 2019
Outlasting the Beatles, Vietnam and Watergate as a 50-year State Worker When Jumary West started working for the state 50 years ago this month, the Vietnam War was still raging, The Beatles hadn’t broken up yet and the Watergate scandal was still a few years down the road. West will mark her half century with the state on May 16 and shows no signs of stopping. As the chief fiscal officer for the ... Learn more

Corrections Department Seeks to Replace Lost Mill Jobs

May 1, 2019
Corrections Department Seeks to Replace Lost Mill Jobs The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will hold a special Cumberland hiring event this Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, to recruit employees being unemployed by a nearby mill closing to be correctional officers. The department is seeking to fill correctional officer ranks at its five Cumberland and Hagerstown facilities, which already employ hundreds of Cumberland area workers. The ... Learn more

Inmate Fails to Return to Baltimore Halfway House

April 25, 2019
      A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an 33-year-old inmate who failed to return from his work detail to a Baltimore halfway house on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Brian Champion, who is serving three years for assault and drug charges, was working at a non-profit organization in downtown Baltimore when he failed to return to Threshold Inc. at 1702 ... Learn more

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