TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyJanuary 2014

        The Public Safety Stakeholder  
all icons
An E-publication of the 
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services 
for our Criminal Justice and Community Partners 

Did You See Us

In The News?


Recent sightings of our public safety efforts in your local media are updated daily on the DPSCS homepage


Recent headlines: 1/3/2014

Gregg Hershberger Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services State of Maryland 


The Carroll County Times Online 1/9/2014 

Officers from Haiti, Maryland partner in training 1/18/2014

Governor, Mayor, Batts Eulogize Bishop Robinson 


Herald Mail Online 1/26/2014

MCI VetDog inmates speak with wounded vets who have received service dogs 


Daily Journal Online 1/26/14

O'Malley notes crime at lowest in 30 years, but omits corrections initiatives in speech 


Daily Journal Online 1/26/14

Agenda includes bills against domestic violence and to create network for first responders 



Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

 There are more ways than ever to find up-to-date information about DPSCS initiatives, happenings and news. Like us on Find us on Facebook, follow us on Follow us on Twitter and view videos and photos on View our videos on YouTube 



 DPSCS' mission is to protect the public, our employees and those under our supervision.

Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard  
America's VetDogs pairs injured vets with service dogs.  See more pictures from their first inmate-veteran virtual meeting on our Facebook page. 

This Month's Featured Stories: 

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

DPSCS Warrant Squad hits streets to capture errant offenders


As the sun rises over Maryland, the Department's Warrant Apprehension Unit is already combing the streets throughout the state picking up parole and probation violators.


The 33-member team captured more than 1,200 offenders last year.  The unit prioritizes those with a history of violence in line with Gov. Martin O'Malley's Violence Prevention Initiative to take violent offenders off the streets as soon as possible. Sex offenders also receive special attention from the squad with those warrants also gaining priority.




Continued here  

Human Capital  believing in human capital

DPSCS telemedicine program reduces costs, risk of transport


How do you save on the costs associated with securing and transporting sick and injured inmates to the hospital?


Bring the hospital to the prison.


In 2013, DPSCS partnered with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Bon Secours Hospital, rolling out a telemedicine program which lowers costs while providing inmates with high level care.


In the final two months of 2013 alone, nearly 145 inmates received consultations.




PSW  public safety works

Continued here



Though the unit operates heavily in Baltimore, team members fan out every day across the state with representatives covering every county.  


Retake warrants are issued for offenders that commit technical violations, such as failing to maintain contact with community supervision or not continuing court-ordered drug treatment. The squad also apprehends offenders that have violated their parole by committing new crimes.


The unit is given full police powers in the state and has recently been tasked with extraditing parole violators across state lines. The early morning raids prove fruitful in nabbing unsuspecting violators. "We find that's when we have our best success," said Unit Chief Kevin Baylin.



The 18 telemedicine units - which include a high-definition monitor and specialty medical equipment - let doctors "see" a patient and even perform some routine and specialty tests  from a distance.


According to Warden Frank Bishop at Western Correctional Institution, "Due to security levels at the facilities in our region, coupled with an aging population, the transporting of inmate patients outside the secure perimeter to health facilities poses an increased risk to public safety. Due to telemedicine, we are decreasing these concerns while still affording the inmate population with a superior quality of care."


In many cases, the telemedicine program is eliminating the 300 mile round trip commute from Cumberland to facilities in Baltimore.  


Current telemedicine clinics include: cardiology; urology; oncology; gastroenterology; HIV and HCV. DPSCS hopes to expand the use of telemedicine in the future to include emergency medicine and orthopedics, among others.


Return to story intro     

  Return to Top 



The web-based conference, made possible by DPSCS IT professionals, featured the veterans participating from VetDog headquarters in Long Island, NY, and the inmates watching on a large screen from a visiting room in the prison. The veterans have received training with their brand-new dogs, which graduated from MCI-H in a moving ceremony late last year.


DPSCS is at the forefront of animal-based restorative justice programs in prison, with seven dog programs and a Thoroughbred retirement farm tended by inmates. The Department will soon add another VetDog program. 


Return to story intro