TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyOctober 2010
        The Public Safety Stakeholder
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Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services 
for our Criminal Justice and Community Partners 
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 Providing tips about parole and probation violators found on our Most Wanted Website just got easier.  Citizens can now simply email or text known information about the whereabouts of these offenders!
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Community gateway signs built with recycled brick - a new Public Safety Works project that is gaining steam

This Month's Featured Stories:

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KCStop2Parole and Probation Takes Steps to Keep Communities Safe This Halloween

The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) will be monitoring certain sexual offenders and reminding them to stay away from children's activities again this Halloween. Selected offenders have been sent letters and window signs indicating that they have no candy have been distributed. In addition, Parole and Probation agents will be conducting home visits and working with local law enforcement in some regions across the state to ensure that certain offenders are compliant.  Read our full press release about DPP efforts this Halloween on the DPSCS website.
Human Capital  believing in human capital
topbhcstoryCorrectional Libraries Get Boost From Local Community Organization 
PSW  public safety works
toppswGateway Sign Projects Gaining Steam

One of the many innovative ways the Department's Public Safety Works program is having inmates help local communities is by building "gateway signs" welcoming visitors. Using tens of thousands of bricks donated to DPSCS when the old Baltimore Coliseum was demolished several years ago, pre-release inmates have made a number of beautiful signs for correctional facilities. Now, local communities are taking notice and asking for some signs of their own.

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BHCcontinudCorrectional Libraries Get Boost From Local Community Organization continued

Following a presentation to the Parole Rotary Club by DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the group revealed that their main philanthropic activity is collecting books for an organization called Books for International Goodwill (BIG).  BIG President Steve Frantzich, also a member of the Parole Rotary, coordinated the donation.
Rotary Book Donation
For the many offenders who come to prison illiterate, the correctional education program begins with basic literacy classes. Inmates have the chance to earn their GEDs, and then enroll in advanced education, occupational skills and workforce development programs. In Fiscal Year 2010, 87% of
available academic slots for the Division of Correction's inmate population were filled.

A BIG thank you is in order for the Parole Rotary and Mr. Frantzich!  Their efforts to give offenders the tools necessary to succeed upon release through literacy opportunities will go a long way.

Want to know how your community organization can get involved in Maryland's public safety efforts?  See our sidebar above on community presentations!
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PSWcontinuedGateway Sign Projects Gaining Steam continued

The largest sign project to date is in the Carroll County town of Sykesville, which has ordered two huge signs that are about 35-feet long. Those signs should be in place this winter.  Other communities, including Bladensburg, Williamsport, Smithsburg, and several towns in Cecil County, have also shown interest in signs of their own.


The process is simple: DPSCS provides the bricks, general labor and masons. The community pays for the actual sign and provides any concrete and blocks (other than brick) needed. Pre-release and minimum-security inmates build the signs on site.  Towns benefit from the cost effective product, offenders benefit from the work skills learning opportunity to hopefully help with employment upon release and the environment benefits from the use of recycled bricks that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.


Any community interested in having inmates construct beautiful gateway signs should contact John Rowley, DPSCS' statewide Inmate Public Works Coordinator, at 301-729-7690.

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