TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetySeptember 2011

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Criminal Justice Training Conference  

 

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention is hosting a  

Criminal Justice Training Conference

 October 13 -14 at Washington College for public safety agencies.  Training will include major initiatives, collaborative efforts and advancements that are supporting Maryland's fight against crime.

 

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Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  
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New Federal grant will further efforts to rid Maryland prisons
of contraband cell phones

This Month's Featured Stories:

 

Fall Harvest Supplying Apples for Maryland Food Bank

 

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

KCStopGrant to Help Battle Illegal Cell Phones In Prison       

 

Efforts to rid Maryland's prisons of cell phones don't stop the moment they are found on someone entering the gates or removed from clever hiding spots within the facilities.  Prosecution of those found with a contraband cell phone is Generic DOC cell phonesequally important as interdiction. 

This month the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced Maryland would receive funds from the US Department of Justice to further prosecution efforts in Baltimore.  As a national leader in the fight against illegal cell phones in prison, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), along with our partners in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, were chosen for this grant because of innovative strategies to confront emerging and chronic systemic issues.

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topbhcstoryMaryland Correctional Enterprises' Horticulture Crew Harvests Apples For Nonprofit 

 

Apples grown on western Maryland prison land will be helping to feed the hungry this autumn. A small crew of Maryland Division of Correction (DOC) inmates spent September harvesting two varieties of applies - Red Delicious and Galas - from about 1,200 trees planted on a prison complex south of Hagerstown. Many of those apples will be sold to the Maryland Food Bank at a fraction of their market value.

 

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PSWtopHelping Hands Offered After Flood Sweeps Through Port Deposit

 

As Secretary Gary D. Maynard travels around Maryland meeting with various community and government officials he is constantly offering a helping hand while spreading the word about DPSCS' Public Safety Works program.  Following flooding in Port Deposit, MD last month the town took him up on that offer and a crew of seven inmates got right to work clearing debris from gutters, scraping mud from streets and anything else the town's Public Works Department needed assistance with once the waters receded. 

 

The opportunity has been win-win for everyone involved.  See some photos of the effort on our Facebook page and an article in the local Cecil Whig.


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Cell phone interdiction has been a major part of DPSCS' mission over the past four years. With support from the O'Malley Administration and Maryland's Senate delegation, going after contraband cell phones has been key to reducing violence in MD's prisons, making them safer for staff and inmates.  The Department testified in front of Congress on the issues of cell phones in prison, is a pioneer in training correctional cell phone sniffing K9s in-house, invested more then $1 million in entrance security technology and held a first-of-its-kind demonstration of managed access alternatives to jamming cell phone signals.

In the fall of 2009 the Department began to bolster prosecution efforts by assigning a full time Investigator to cell phone cases and opening lines of communication with local State's Attorney's Offices to help staff build stronger cases. The DPSCS Internal Investigative Unit (IIU) has opened more than 550 cell phone cases statewide since that time - 437 from Baltimore City facilities alone. 

This grant will enhance the investigative and prosecution efforts of DPSCS and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office by adding two investigators to DPSCS' IIU, and a part-time prosecutor dedicated to cell phone cases Proactive prosecution of both inmates and staff who introduce cell phones into a correctional setting can deter violence and gang activity that is most often associated with their use.  

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John May, Chief Operations Officer for the food bank, visited the orchard Monday, Sept. 19. The food bank will take as MCe applesmany apples as possible, he said.  MCE estimates they provided more than 1,000 lbs of fruit during the harvest. The food bank does pay a nominal amount - 20 cents per pound as opposed to a market value of $1.99 per pound - for the produce.

 

The Maryland Food Bank provides food to about 600,000 Marylanders per week, about 500,000 of whom live below the federal poverty line. This harvest is the second time the food bank partnered with the DOC for apples.

 

As one inmate told a WHAG reporter doing a story on the harvest, "This is a meaningful job ... It's contributing to the good health of society."

 

The six-acre apple orchard falls under the horticulture program of Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE), the prison industry arm of the DOC. MCE provides employment and vocational training for inmates, and studies have shown that inmates who work for MCE at least one year are less than half as likely to recidivate.

 

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