TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyNovember 2012

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DPSCS Correctional Officers kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving coat donation to Baltimore's Bea Gaddy Foundation

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Hope and Help for Veteran-Involved Offenders Conference


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KCStopCOMET Agents Hold Intensive Training on Sex Offender Supervision  


This November, COMET agents and their supervisors held a very intense four-day training to learn, and re-learn, the latest in sex offender management. The agents were sequestered for two full days and two half-days as they learned from the experts and discussed the latest trends, risk assessments, and outcomes.  COMET stands for Collaborative Offender Management Enforced Treatment, and it includes intensive supervision, computer monitoring, polygraphs, and many other elements.  


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topbhcstoryMulti-State Conference Addresses Veteran Offender Issues


Veterans who are incarcerated or re-entering society present a special challenge for the system - and face many challenges themselves as they work toward a successful return home.

MASCA Vet Conf

In November, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
(DPSCS) hosted a daylong multi-state conference called Hope and Help for Justice-Involved Veterans. The conference, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA), was held at the Perry Point Veteran facility in Cecil County.  It featured speakers and seminars on a vast variety of issues specific to veterans, from suicide prevention to homelessness, programs for incarcerated veterans groups and transitional housing options, to name a few.


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PSWtopDPSCS Crews Continue Statewide Storm Clean-up


In the wake of "super storm Sandy" and another less forceful tropical storm, the Department's Public Safety Works (PSW) inmate labor crews have been a huge help across the state.  Crews assisted in western Maryland with snow and downed trees as well as on the eastern shore and Cecil County with flood damage.


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COMET includes a special corps of intensively trained agents who work with reduced caseloads and closely monitor all aspects of a sex offender's behavior.  Just 1.5% of those sex offenders reoffend, a tribute to the increased and enhanced supervision that took place when the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) instituted its COMET teams.

DPSCS is committed to keeping the recidivism rate low among sexual offenders, and understands the critical importance of training such as the one held this month for the specially selected agents who are charged with that responsibility full time. 


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WCI America's VetDogs Program Kick-Off Sept. 2012
WCI America's VetDogs Program Kick-Off Sept. 2012

Participants from a number of mid-Atlantic states and D.C. heard from two Maryland Cabinet secretaries at the start of the conference: Secretary Gary D. Maynard from DPSCS and Secretary James Chow, Jr. from the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.  Both secretaries are veterans themselves, DPSCS Secretary Maynard being a former adjutant general in Oklahoma.


The training session, chaired by Margaret Chippendale, Assistant Warden of Maryland's Pre-Release System, is a precursor to MASCA's 75th Anniversary Conference which will be held in Ocean City Maryland in June 2013.  MASCA is a regional interdisciplinary organization for professionals in the related fields of institutional corrections, community corrections, and juvenile services.  


DPSCS continues  to be a leader in the field of identifying, and providing services for, incarcerated veterans, and is committed to making their transitions home smoother. Our most recent restorative justice program includes training service dogs for wounded warriors, by currently incarcerated veterans.



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Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland sent two crews out to Garrett County for snow removal after the freak storm

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dumped more than two feet of snow a month before Thanksgiving.


In hard-hit Crisfield and Princess Anne, DPSCS' largest prison, the Eastern Correctional Institution, also sent multiple crews out to communities battered by wind and flood damage. 


And in Port Deposit, a town well familiar with the work ethic of inmate pre-release crews,  inmates from Baltimore City Correctional Center helped clear tons of logs and other debris that washed ashore from the Susquehanna to overwhelm the town's Main St. park and playground. Port Deposit had raved about inmates' work the last time the town suffered serious flooding.


Public Safety Works continues to impress city, county, and town leaders all across Maryland. 



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