TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyJune 2012

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Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  

2012 Tug of War One of the DPSCS Tug-of-War teams competes in our annual fundraiser for Special Olympics MarylandMore photos available here!


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DPSCS Partners with America's VetDogs


Gavel  keeping communities safe 

DPSCS secretary Gary D. Maynard on Monday discussed the department's gang intervention efforts and partnerships with law enforcement at a Mid-Atlantic regional information sharing summit. The event was hosted by the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention in partnership with National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA).


Maryland's communities and DPSCS prisons are now safer than ever, in part thanks to an emphasis on intelligence gathering and sharing. In collaboration with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, DPSCS alerts local law enforcement when known gang members are released back into their jurisdictions. The department's Intelligence Coordination Unit validated 815 inmates as known gang members in 2011 alone.


This better understanding and management of our prison population has led to a 60% decrease in serious assaults on staff since FY 2007, and a 39% decrease in serious inmate-on-inmate assaults. 

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 Secretary Maynard, second from left, attends Monday's information sharing  conference 



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Human Capital  believing in human capital
BHCDPSCS Partners with America's VetDogs  

DPSCS prides itself on developing programs that allow inmates to learn special skills while at the same time paying society back in meaningful ways 


Beginning in July, DPSCS is partnering with America's VetDogs to put inmates - primarily incarcerated veterans - in charge of raising puppies to become service dogs for wounded and disable U.S. military veterans.


The pilot site will be the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, with Cumberland's Western Correctional Institution and Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover also soon to house the pups.


Staff and inmates at all three prisons leaped at the opportunity to be involved with this tremendous program. Inmates built and prepared dog walking areas, built cages and bedding, and prepared their housing units for the puppies. Staff reached out successfully to veterinarians and local businesses for support. The programs will not be taxpayer-funded. 


VetDogs rep Dan Lasko 

 America's VetDogs representative Dan Lasko and his service dog, Wally.


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PSW  public safety works





 Salisbury curb project





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PSWcontInmates learn a trade, make a difference continued 

The project is funded by a $370,000 grant obtained by the MD Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through HUD.   


DPSCS has a long term goal of dramatically increasing skilled trade opportunities for soon-to-be-released inmates, and this project has been a great opportunity for inmates to learn concrete work from professional tradesmen.

Thanks to this unique partnership between DPSCS, the City of Cambridge, and DHCD some inmates may actually find good jobs upon release, and pedestrians will no longer have to walk in the street on roads without sidewalks.



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