TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyMarch 2012

        The Public Safety Stakeholder
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National Center for Justice Planning 

Making State Safer: Replacing Intersate Anonymity with Offender Accountability  

 
Carroll County Times 3/7/12
Homeless Dog Gets a Second Chance on K9 Unit  

 

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Tug Walk 2011
Help DPSCS Support Special Olympics Maryland During our Annual Tug-of-War and Walk/Run Event

This Month's Featured Stories:

 

Transition Planning Overlaps Corrections and Community Supervision to Enhance Reentry

 

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KCStopLaw Enforcement Pulling Together to Support Special Olympics Maryland   

 

Just as we partner with law enforcement every day to keep our communities safe, every year we partner with our fellow officers to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. While the criminal justice community's support for Special Olympics is international, the fundraising and support in Maryland is especially strong.

 

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topbhcstoryEnhancing Transitional Services for Returning Offenders

  

As the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) works to reorganize operational structure within its supervision agencies - corrections, detention and community supervision - to better meet the needs of offenders and improve reentry, locations such as the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit (BRPU) are already crossing barriers between disciplines to better equip offenders with the tools needed to succeed upon release.  The effort includes relationship building with an offender's parole/probation agent prior to release, as well as a newly remodeled space dedicated to transitional services inside the facility.

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PSW  public safety works
PSWtopLittle League Organization Gets Big Help from Public Safety Works Crew 

 

For two straight weekends this March a Public Safety Works (PSW) crew cleaned, cleared, dug and smoothed the Hamilton Little League fields in Parkville to prep them for the coming season of baseball fun.  Similar small non-profits across the state may take advantage of PSW crews to accomplish tasks they otherwise can't afford, while giving pre-release offenders an opportunity to give back to the community.    

 

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KCScontLaw Enforcement Pulling Together to Support Special Olympics Maryland continued

 

Just as we partner with law enforcement every day to keep our communities safe, every year we partner with our fellow officers to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. While the criminal justice community's support for Special Olympics is international, the fundraising and support in Maryland is especially strong.

DPSCS this year is expanding its fundraising and support of Special Olympics Maryland. Our annual Public Safety Tug-of-War and Walk/Run will be held at the MD Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, MD on June 8. This event in includes a 5K run, 1-mile walk and a Tug-of-War featuring Heavyweight, Lightweight and Ladies divisions.

We've raised more than $250,000 for Special Olympics Maryland since this event started in the mid-1990s. It's a good time, and a fun test of brute strength! Friendly competition rules the day, with DPSCS units and fellow law enforcement from across Maryland fielding Tug teams to compete against each other for the Championship titles.

Our partner agencies are welcome to attend! See our Annual Tug-of-War website for more information and registration details.   

2011 Tug Panerama
 
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bhccontEnhancing Transitional Services for Returning Offenders continued

  
 

When an offender nears his release date a case manager traditionally works with him on a home plan that outlines where he will live, plans for employment, health care and other hurdles he could potentially face.  The plan is shared with his  parole/probation agent, who takes over supervision responsibility upon returning to the community.  But the disconnect between incarceration and community supervision can often be discouraging to an offender trying to make his way in a new life.

Transition planning, also referred to as Community Corrections, brings the two disciplines together prior to the end of incarceration and the start of community supervision.  At BPRU, which houses approximately 200 males nearing their release from the correctional system, agents now meet with an offender, as well as his case manager, both 90 days and 30 days prior to their release.  

The agents use these meetings to build functional relationships with the offender so he is prepared for community supervision and understands the conditions of release.  Community supervision staff also evaluate with institutional staff what services and programs have been beneficial for the offender while incarcerated, and determine what resources an offender still needs so they can establish connections with community groups and service organizations on the outside. This continuum of care optimizes reentry efforts. 

 

Ernest Eley, Director of Community Supervision Support, described the transitional services model at BPRU as "indicative of Secretary Gary Maynard's vision for reentry and represents a collaborative relationship between agencies within DPSCS and Community Stakeholders, as we work to transform inmates into productive members of society."

BPRU also recently transformed a space within the facility, now called the Transitions Multi-Service Center, that can be used by external service providers to meet with offenders nearing release.  A separate classroom, built by an inmate crew under the instruction of an officer who specialized in building and rehab, is set-up with computers that have access to appropriate job application and resume building websites.

 

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PSWcontLittle League Organization Gets Big Help From Public Safety Works Crew continued

 

Hamilton field before
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The League's President, Tom Allen, had nothing but praise for the six low-security inmates from the Baltimore City Correctional Center, "The correctional crew did an excellent job working on our fields. They obviously took pride in their effort."  Hamilton Baseball, which has been in operation since 1950, contacted the Department for help because of a shortage of volunteers to help get their fields ready for opening day.

Hamilton field after
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If you're involved with a non-profit or a local government agency, Public Safety Works may be able to work for you at little to no cost. Contact John Rowley at 301-729-7690.

 

 

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