TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyJuly 2010
        The Public Safety Stakeholder
 
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Livescan technology now in MD DPP offices
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TopKCS1MD Parole & Probation Helps Law Enforcement Close Information Gap

This month, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) announced the roll-out of Livescan Crossmatch technology at all MD Division Parole & Probation (DPP) intake offices across the state. Livescan is the technology used for years by law enforcement, the Division of Correction and other criminal justice organizations to fingerprint arrestees or conduct background checks. This fingerprint information is transmitted to criminal information systems throughout Maryland and to the National Crime Information Center, run by the FBI.

KCStop2Fewer Cell Phones Finding Their Way into State Prisons 

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) announced this week that its intense three-year battle to reduce illegal cell phone use in its correctional facilities is working: fewer cell phones are finding their way behind bars.
 
In FY2010, DPSCS saw a decline of captured cell phones of 32% - 530 less than FY2009. This is the first decline in total numbers since we began tracking interdicted cell phones in 2007.

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topbhcstoryVital Records Education Campaign 
Over the past two years DPSCS enhanced our efforts to provide returning offenders with the vital records needed to make a successful transition into society.  Securing housing, applying for financial assistance and medical care just isn't possible without proper identification such as birth certificates, social security cards and a valid state MVA license.  This past year our focus has been on educating key stakeholders about the importance of these documents and how their involvement can make a difference in the reentry of offenders.
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PSW  public safety works
toppswTiny Creatures, BIG Impact - Oyster Re-population 
 
Early mornings are normal for the Southern Maryland Pre-release Unit inmate crew that has been traveling to Piney Point Aquaculture Center in St. Mary's County this summer.  The cool air of morning is a must when working with the tiny fragile creatures, referred to as oyster spat, who when full grown can filter up to two gallons of water per hour.  The crew is part of a partnership with DPSCS and the Department of Natural Resources to help re-populate this important staple of the Chesapeake Bay.
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KCScont.1MD Parole & Probation Helps Law Enforcement Close Information Gap continued
 
Key to DPP and law enforcement everywhere, is that for the first time ever when an offender is processed at intake into the DPP system, that information will show up on the offender's RAP sheet. This means when the police run a suspect's RAP sheet during an investigation, they will know immediately if he or she is under State supervision. This can be crucial information for police, whether during a simple traffic stop, or criminal investigation.

Part of Governor O'Malley's commitment to Maryland's public safety, the recently deployed technology was paid, in part, by a Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention secured grant of nearly $405,000.

For more information about our Livscan effort, read here.
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KCScont.2Fewer Cell Phones Finding Their Way into State Prisons continued
 
Made possible by greatly increased gang intelligence gathering capabilities, a $1.1 million dollar investment in entrance and security technology, increased search and seizure efforts, including the nation's first ever in-house K-9 cell phone detector dog training program this significant drop follows a two-year percentage slow down in the amount of cell phones captured - in FY2008 we caught 67% more phones than in FY2007, but that increase slowed to 34% in FY2009.
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The total decline in the numbers found in FY2010 means DPSCS officials believe they are past the tipping point after catching up with the flow of illegal cell phones getting into Maryland's prisons over the last three years.
 
DPSCS is also using cell phone forensics to gather evidence in an effort to build better cases for prosecution. Even without it, DPSCS has taken an aggressive stance on prosecuting every viable case. Now with a full-time investigator focusing on cell phone cases, DPSCS has brought criminal charges in 96 cases since November of 2009. Of those that have gone to trial, we have gotten an 80% conviction rate.
 
Read more about our efforts to battle illegal cell phones in prison.
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BHCcontinudVital Records Education Campaign continued
 
MVA BusSpearheaded by Governor O'Malley,  the Motor Vehicle Administration and the Division of Correction partnered to implement the issuance of the free MVA ID card in FY09 to individuals prior to and after their release from incarceration.  An MVA mobile bus even travels to prisons for those eligible to obtain a legal ID, not a driver's license, before they are released. The effort also includes a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Vital Records and the Social Security Administration to obtain birth certificates and social security cards for inmates within 120 days of their release.
 
Our Transition Services office has met with not only internal staff throughout DPSCS who work directly with offenders as they near their release within the prisons and parole/probation staff who help offenders adjust to life on the outside after release, but also with community affiliates who frequently work with this population.  The message of the campaign is "How Can You Help" - asking these partners to emphasize the importance of identification and direct offenders on where to obtain as well as what will be needed to apply. 
 
In FY10 2,724 MVA IDs were issued to offenders either prior to or soon after their release.  3,217 offenders also left prison with a social security card and 3,469 had a birth certificate.  The Department hopes that with more emphasis on the importance of legal documentation by all parties and the increased education of offenders on the barriers they can help overcome when finding employment, housing or public benefits, someday everyone leaving prison will not go empty-handed.
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PSWcontinuedTiny Creatures, BIG Impact - Oyster Repopulation continued
 
Under Governor O'Malley's Smart Green and Growing initiative, Marylanders Grow Oysters is a collaborative effort to involve the public and various state agencies is the repopulation of oysters.  DPSCS is playing the vital role of hands on work to clean and bag shells, as well as help DNR with spatting efforts.
 
Oyster boatThe crew first started in early spring, cleaning and stuffing 40,000 bags of recycled oyster shells.  Once bagged, the shells are transferred to tanks where spat, or baby oysters, are introduced by DNR staff.  The spat are attracted to the shells and eventually take root and begin to form their own shell.  The inmate crew helps the staff at Piney Point with the labor intensive task of moving these bags from station to station, ensuring proper conditions for their growth.  Once ready, the crew helps hull boatloads full of the bags, which are taken out and dropped into their native habitat to continue growing. When this summer's work is done, nearly 16 million spat will have been distributed back into the bay.
 
 
This public safety works project is one of many throughout DPSCS.  Maryland Correctional Enterprises' inmate workers also make the cages that are used in the citizen portion of the oyster repopulation efforts.  The crews learn valuable work skills, while also giving back to society.