TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public Safety October 2012

        The Public Safety Stakeholder
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Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services 
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Maryland Coast Dispatch, 10/25/12
Cell phone collection to benefit victims of domestic violence 


November 2012 
The Victim Services Unit is coordinating a used cell phone donation to the House of Ruth in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month in October and we are continuing the donation drive through November. 
Please send to Pat Stevens, Victim Services Manager, 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 314-03,  Baltimore, Md. 21215.  If you have any questions, please contact Pat at 410-585-3348 or 3331. 


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Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  
crew cleaning Crisfield after Sandy
Pictured is an inmate crew assisting Crisfield with cleanup after superstorm Sandy, More photos available here.

DPSCS apologizes for the lateness of October's Public Safety Stakeholder, but our offices were closed due to superstorm Sandy.

Speaking of Sandy, please do remember that when a natural disaster hits, DPSCS can be a resource. We have crews who can assist towns and counties with storm prep or cleanup. 

If your government/nonprofit agency is looking for assistance, please contact our Public Safety Works coordinator John Rowley at 301-729-7690 or

This Month's Featured Stories:


 Partnering with Goucher College to educate inmates


A successful ex-inmate praises Second Chances farm

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

KCStopGov. O'Malley honors two DPSCS Community Supervision agents


William Turc, Field Supervisor I, and Brett Hapner, Agent Senior, were honored today by U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein for their outstanding work in service to the EXILE program, a part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods. The statewide ceremony, held at the Federal Courthouse in Baltimore, included recognition from Governor Martin O'Malley and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' (DPSCS) Secretary Gary D. Maynard.

EXILE award


Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking with existing local programs that target guns and gun crimes. The project ultimately brings together local, federal and state law enforcement to reduce violent crime.


"We are proud of the work of these two Community Supervision Agents that earned them today's recognition," said Maynard. "Their dedication has boosted the Department's efforts over the past few years to build partnerships with outside law enforcement agencies and improve information sharing so that together we can combat violent crime in the region."


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Human Capital  believing in human capital
BHCtopPartnering with Goucher College to educate inmates 

In conjunction with the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, DPSCS is bringing higher education to inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup and the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.


Goucher program  


This semester, Goucher students, including those incarcerated, read An Enemy of the People, a play written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Arthur Miller. On October 22, the program welcomed Kwame Kwei-Armah to both institutions. Kwei-Armah is an actor and playwright currently serving at the Artistic Director for Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE. He led lively discussions at both institutions, encouraging the students to discuss the play from their own perspectives.





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PSW  public safety works


Eddie Rybolt had been in and out of jail for years, until finally a spiritual re-awakening caused him to confront his addiction and poor choices head-on. Fortunately for Eddie, just as he achieved pre-release inmate status, DPSCS had just opened Second Chances farm in Sykesville, where inmates who are close to release can work with horses. Second Chances is a partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which sends the farm retired racehorses who may otherwise have faced the slaughterhouse. Eddie saw himself as not much different from those throw-away horses, having been given a second chance by DPSCS.
horse farm (Eddie Rybolt, former inmate)
Last month, Eddie came back to Second Chances Farm, where he had become the very first inmate to earn the Elite Groomsman certificate for completing the rigorous coursework and equine care. He spoke at an open house event held to coincide with the Maryland Million race weekend. Poignantly---and sometimes tearfully--- he spoke about what the farm meant to his rehabilitation.   


More photos of Eddie and Second Chances are available at the DPSCS Facebook page!


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Currently a trainer for the Community Supervision Agent Entry Level Academy at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Center, a unit within DPSCS, Turc was instrumental in assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office (Greenbelt) with the development and implementation of a local call-in program as part of the prevention component of the PSN program while serving as a  Violence Prevention Initiative Supervisor in Prince George's County. He also helped establish several partnerships with local law enforcement to increase information sharing with Community Supervision.


Through the Violence Prevention Initiative within the Salisbury Community Supervision office, Hapner serves as a WatchCenter Agent, tracking the status of pending crimes of violence charges for those under the strictest supervision in the community. He works closely with criminal justice agencies throughout Maryland's eastern shore and Delaware to expand information flow and increase public safety, specifically through the Eastern Shore Information Center.




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bhccontEducating Inmates Veterans continued


Education is a vital part of preparing offenders for successful reentries into society. For many, these classes offered by Goucher are a first introduction to higher education. DPSCS also partners with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to provide correctional education for offenders in its custody, heavily emphasizing work skills



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PSWcontEx-inmate praises farm continued


DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard and Lisa Craig from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation also spoke, and all of the speakers' words tugged on heartstrings: at the end, a bystander who had come to see the farm wrote a check for $1,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation specifically for Second Chances Farm.

DPSCS is proud of the staff and inmates who make Second Chances Farm live up to its name---for horses and men.


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