TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyApril 2013

        The Public Safety Stakeholder
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Baltimore Sun 4/14/2013

Inmates at Jessup, and American Chestnuts, on Comeback Trail  

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Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
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Deconstruction training
Inmates are learning several skilled trades, including aesbestos abatement, as part of the plan to use inmate labor in the deconstruction of the House of Correction. For more information and photos, visit our Facebook page!
 

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DPSCS says a big "Thank You!" to volunteers

 

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

KCStopDPSCS honors crime victims during Victims Rights Week

  

Keeping communities safe means creating fewer victims. Inmates acknowledging accountability for their crimes and expressing remorse to victims is a huge step toward that goal.

 

During National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 21-27), the Lifers' Group at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H) held an entire week of victim remembrance events, featuring speakers who were devastated by serious crime. Across the road, inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) donated artwork to the DPSCS Victim Services Unit for a future victim assistance fundraising effort.

 

CDF staff present donation to Crime Victims Resource Center
Chesapeake Detention Facility staff present a donation to the
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center.

  

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Human Capital  believing in human capital
BHCtopDPSCS says a big "Thank You!" to volunteers
 
April 21-27 marks National Volunteer Week, established in 1974, nationwide. DPSCS would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that work to improve the safety and security of Maryland!

 

Our cadre of volunteers, whose expertise ranges from faith-based, legal assistance, housing, mediation, parenting skills, drug treatment to employment readiness, work with offenders under DPSCS supervision from the time they enter the pre-trial system, all the way through to parole or probation. Their combined efforts give offenders the tools necessary to become law-abiding citizens.

 

 

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PSW  public safety works

 

  

They may not be going out on the high seas, but a group of correctional officers, and soon, inmates, will be taking to the waterways of Baltimore and southern Maryland, thanks to the latest Public Safety Works (PSW) restorative justice project.

 

In late April, thirteen correctional officers from Baltimore, southern 

Training for Bay Cleanup PSW project

Maryland, and the 

Eastern Shore were trained by the U.S. Coast Guard in preparation for DPSCS operating two (and perhaps more)  boats that will help clean up state waterways.  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to the DPSCS Victim Services Unit, facilities across the state displayed hundreds of paper plates emblazoned with messages about the impact of crime. It was part of the Food for Thought initiative, and it involved staff, victims, and even inmates, as well as local schoolchildren.

 

Community Supervision offices at Hargrove Courthouse (the Family Assault  unit in South Baltimore) and Bel Air undertook impressive efforts to collect hygiene kits and toiletries for victim-assisting agencies.   Bel Air agents and staff filled suitcases for the Safety, Awareness, Resources and Change organization, while the F.A.S.T. (Family Assault unit) at Hargrove donated toiletry bags to the Family Tree agency.

 

Victims and victim advocates toured the Jessup Correctional Institution for a rare but much-appreciated look at life behind bars.  

 

And staff and detainees at the Chesapeake Detention Facility handed-over $500 to the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, whose founder, Roberta Roper, was thrilled with the generosity.

 

 

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Staff across the state planned events to recognize our dedicated volunteers. Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) in Westover kicked off the festivities with a breakfast April 15 honoring its volunteers.

 

DPSCS' North Region staff gathered at Shafer Park in Boonsboro, MD to host volunteers from its corrections facilities and community supervision offices, giving everyone a chance to network and exchange experiences.

 

Through the development of a new position this past year - Director of Volunteer Programs - DPSCS has placed emphasis on the importance of volunteers in the Department's reentry efforts. "Volunteers compliment the work of our staff, adding additional services and perspective for tens of thousands of offenders under supervision in Maryland," said DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard. "During National Volunteer Week, we hope to let each volunteer know that they should be proud of their efforts to give offenders the opportunity to take a path other than one that leads to crime."

 

Learn more about volunteering at DPSCS!

 

Volunteer Week 2013
Eastern Correctional Institution volunteers are honored at a breakfast April 15.

  

  

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The training, which will be supplemented by more education soon, will enable officers to take  low-security inmates out to help clean up rivers like the Patapsco, Potomac, and Little Patuxent.  Eventually, DPSCS hopes to man boats across the state.

 

When the water-borne PSW effort comes to fruition, it will be a natural extension of the many environmentally beneficial inmate projects DPSCS has undertaken recently.  Inmates have "planted" tens of millions of oyster spat; helped Baltimore City in a massive one-day cleanup of the Gwynns Falls Trail; and reforested part of Antietam National Battlefield, to name just  a few projects.   

 

Stay tuned for further developments in the DPSCS PSW waterway cleanup effort.

 

 

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