TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyFebruary 2013

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Governor Martin O'Malley
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Maryland's Lt. Governor shakes the hand of a new Correctional Officer at a graduation ceremony in Sykesville.

This Month's Featured Stories:

 

Offenders Utilizing Online Tools Thanks to Expanded Access Statewide

 

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

KCStopNewest Class of Correctional Officer Recruits Welcomed by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown

 

 

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown personally greeted the most recent DPSCS Correctional Entry Level Training Program academy graduates, reminding them of the O'Malley Administration's ongoing commitment to public safety.

 

"Rest assured, all Marylanders thank you for your passion and your willingness to make a difference, and for your choice to be a positive influence on people trying to turn their lives around," Lt. Governor Brown expressed to the class.  "Your efforts to help us continue Maryland's historic decrease in violent crime will always be appreciated."

 

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Human Capital  believing in human capital
topbhcstoryAccess to Online Job and Community Resources Behind the Fence Expands

  

In a May 2011 Stakeholder article One Stop Career Lab Takes the Job Hunt Behind Bars for Female Offenders we shared with you a first of its kind computer lab at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women where instructors helped offenders nearing their release peruse pre-approved websites to get a head-start on writing resumes and finding employment upon release. A men's facility, Baltimore Pre-Release Unit, joined shortly after. 

  

Today, the number has skyrocketed to 22 total prisons and pre-release facilities that have at least one computer with limited internet access, while several have programs allowing inmates close to release regular training and access to the technology.   

  

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PSWtopSpring is Coming - Have a Public Safety Works Project In Mind?

 

PSW sign at Williamsport

With snow melting and spring soon to arrive, it's a great time of year to think about how a Public Safety Works crew could benefit your local town, government agency or non-profit.  Crews can range in size, duration and types of work.  Take a moment to contact Public Safety Works Coordinator John Rowley at 301-573-7175 or by email at jrowley@dpscs.state.md.us

 

KCScontNewest Class of Correctional Officer Recruits Welcomed by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown continued

 

Lt. Governor Brown spoke to the twenty one new correctional officers at their graduation on February 8, delivering a strong and uplifting message about how critical their jobs are for the safety of all Marylanders. Lt Gov speaks to COs

 

The new officers officially entered the workforce moments after the lieutenant governor's remarks, taking the correctional professional oath and having their badges pinned---some by family members who already work in corrections. They will be deployed to DPSCS facilities in Baltimore, Jessup, and Sykesville. Two are local correctional officers who will work in the Montgomery County system.

 

Lt. Governor Brown told the new graduates to "remember your academy training, because it will make you a correctional professional. That's what we need in Maryland: correctional professionals who supervise with fairness, firmness, and impartiality, but also with compassion - and with the understanding that people do change."

 

 

 

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bhccontAccess to Online Job and Community Resources Behind the Fence Expands  continued

    

  

In partnership with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, who provide correctional education in Maryland, and the participating websites Maryland Community Services Locator, America's Job Exchange and MCIW career lab teacher Maryland Workforce Exchange Virtual One Stop, inmates can become familiar with the tools that so many of us take for granted when looking for community resources or searching for employment. With the majority of jobs being posted online today, it is essential that offenders learn this skill as they transition back into society.

  

"We are very excited that the Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) is more widely available to inmates to give them the opportunity prior to release to access information on approximately 9,000 free and low-cost community service programs - including re-entry programs, job readiness/employment programs, substance abuse treatment, housing, mental health/general health care, food assistance and many others," says Dr. Eric Wish, Director of CESAR which manages the MDCSL. "We hope that the MDCSL will make it easier for both case managers and inmates to create a comprehensive re-entry plan at the time of release and promote a more seamless transition to the community."

  

Inmates who visit these computer labs as part of an Employment Readiness Workshop get an introduction to the internet, as well as job search and reentry resource websites. Participants learn how to search for jobs by location and occupation. They also learn to navigate the resource information available to them on the websites as they consider short and long-term career plans including local and state labor market information, training programs, and apprenticeship opportunities.

 

"Students begin to see what they are learning in their classes and connect that to very real and meaningful employment opportunities, as well as a network of support to assist them," says Phyllis Trettien, Offender Workforce Development Specialist at the Occupational Skills Training Center. "Their transition to work becomes palpable as they see that the programs they've worked to complete while inside, now have very real connections for their future success beyond the fence."

  

  

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