TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyJuly 2011

        The Public Safety Stakeholder
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Hometown Annapolis 7/21/11
Technology Enhancements Highlighted
 During DPP Week 


During the month of July the Division of Parole and Probation recognized National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week.  It was a time to recognize the efforts of our agents in Maryland as well as highlight some of the recent

improvements made in supervision techniques: kiosks.


Learn more about

 kiosk supervision and how DPP is improving 

community supervision in Maryland.

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Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  
The Emergency Number Systems Board helped fund 9-1-1 equipment at Prince George's County's new state-of-the-art call center

This Month's Featured Stories:


Reentry Fair Links Community Resources to Female Offenders


Gavel  keeping communities safe 

KCStop2State 9-1-1 Board Assists Prince George's County with New Call Center        


Prince George's County recently opened a new, state-of-the-art 911 Call Center to answer the county's 1.6 million annual 911 and non-emergency calls. DPSCS' Emergency Number Systems Board (ENSB) assisted Prince George's County by providing funding for the new equipment. 

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Human Capital  believing in human capital
topbhcstoryReentry Resource Fair Held for Female Offenders Nearing Release 

 MCIW resource fair speaker

Carolyn Cooper spoke to a room full of female offenders at the Maryland Correctional institution for Women (MCIW) about her journey since being in their shoes years ago. "Ladies take advantage of all the resources offered here today, it will be useful once you leave here."  Since being release from MCIW Cooper has held two steady jobs and turned her life around.


Cooper was part of several workshops at the prison's annual Reentry Resource Fair on July 27, 2011.  In partnership with Correctional Education staff from the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the fair connected more than 100 women to resources that ranged from employment assistance to infant care that they can utilize upon release to become productive members of society and lead crime free lives.


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PSW  public safety works
PSWtopMLK Blvd Gets Face-Lift Thanks to Partnership with the City of Baltimore


In an effort to increase Public Safety Works projects within Baltimore City, DPSCS recently began a maintenance and repair project along Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd on the city's west side.  Pre-release offenders from the Baltimore City Correctional Center started in early July clearing debris, pruning trees and repairing portions of the median.  The city's Department of Recreation and Parks has already expressed an interest in getting a year-round inmate crew to assist in the care of city trees.  The partnership is off to a great start for everyone involved!


KCScontState 9-1-1 Board Assists Prince George's County with New Call Center continued


Construction on the 40,000 square foot facility began in 2009.  It includes a dispatch area, modern communications training facilities, capacity to house dispatchers for extended periods during emergencies, and a generator capable of keeping the center running for 21 days on a single tank of fuel. The design also brings together both police and fire communications, enhancing operational coordination during major incidents. 

In all, ENSB provided Prince George's County approximately $4.8 million helping to ensure the County's citizens get the most responsive 911 assistance when in need.  According to Prince George's County Emergency Communication Center Director Charlynn Flaherty, "If not for the Board, we would not be in this new facility." 

The County requested funding from ENSB  to offset costs associated with equipping the new call center, including phone equipment that identifies the location of 911 caller using traditional land-line phones, internet-based services, or cellular phones. ENSB funds also paid for the center's fiber optic network, and call recording equipment. Also, new protocol systems to enhance 911 call processing.  

ESNB funds come from surcharge fees collected by the State and are utilized to enhance Maryland's 911 services. A portion of those funds are allocated to each of the 23 counties and Baltimore City to offset the costs associated with answering 911 calls.  

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"It's important for the women to take advantage of the vendors that are here today because of the many barriers that people who are entering society face, such as employment," stated MCIW Warden Carroll Parrish.  "It's event more important for females because in a lot of cases they return home to care for children who depend on them.  Meeting with these vendors creates that final link in the reentry process." MCIW resource fair vendors

MCIW has been holding the fair for more than 10 years.  Offenders that attend are within two years of their release date and have completed or are attending an Employment Readiness class currently taught at the institution by Ms. Mary Davis. 


Ms. Davis arranged the fair with the help of an inmate committee.  Women filled out surveys about the types of services they were interested in and helped Ms. Davis contact nearly 50 vendors that ranged from state agencies to non-profits.  More than 20 were in attendance at the fair and gave the women advice on how to use their services once out in the community and literature/contact information they could keep for reference.


"There is hope, you can leave here and be successful," Cooper told the women.

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