TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyApril 2014

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Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services 
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Recent headlines: 


Herald-Mail 4/10/2014

Parents talk to MCI-Hagerstown inmates about loss during Crime Victims' Rights Week


WHAG-TV online 4/17/2014

America's VetDogs Program Comes to Second Hagerstown Prison  


Carroll County Times 4/24/2014

Liberty students see, hear the effects of drunk driving  


Washington Post 4/30/2014

Prison knitting class imparts empathy, life lessons and accountability 



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

Governor Martin O'Malley
 Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown
 DPSCS Secretary Gregg Hershberger 
More than 30 Hagerstown-area DPSCS correctional employees, their friends, and members of the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary team walked and ran to raise money for America's VetDogs in Annapolis. See more pictures on our Facebook page. 

This Month's Featured Stories: 

Gavel  keeping communities safe 

DPSCS Wins in Legislative Session


After the April 2013 indictments of BCDC correctional officers, with support from the Governor's Office, DPSCS's 2014 legislative package was geared toward providing the Department with the tools necessary to continue rooting out corruption and enhancing security at our correctional facilities.


Among the legislative successes are: increased investigative and intelligence gathering capabilities; funding for 100 new correctional officers; two additional cutting-edge managed access cell phone detection systems; and an expanded ability to go after corrupt correctional staff.


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Human Capital  believing in human capital

DPSCS Remembers and Honors Victims and Their Families


He worked extremely hard to provide for his family but got behind in his bills and robbed a guy on the street for the money he needed, killing him in the process.


The event didn't happen- but it could have.  It was a fictional story filmed by offenders as a public service video for the in-house TV channel at Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) to highlight National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The goal was to produce a video portraying the rippling impact one violent crime has on the family and friends -- not only the victim but the perpetrator as well -- and how long those effects can last.




PSW  public safety works

Getting the Bug for Bees


DPSCS employees have been stung by the bee-keeping bug and now they're teaching inmates to care for bees, too.


In the latest restorative justice program, the workers have gone to bee school to learn to teach inmates responsibility and care for other creatures. "It's just giving them another idea on how they can help," said John Gantz, a carpenter and correctional maintenance officer in Hagerstown who is working in the program.




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DPSCS Wins in Legislative Session


The Department's Internal Investigative Unit (IIU) was revamped and greatly expanded with about a 90% increase in staff, streamlining DPSCS's intelligence-gathering and investigative powers. IIU now directly oversees and coordinates all DPSCS intelligence activity. And as of this October 1st, the unit will have a new name - the Intelligence and Investigative Division. Also, for the first time DPSCS will have the authority to polygraph correctional employees, including correctional officers, as a condition of employment.


Big-ticket budget items secured by the department include an additional $7.2 million to render useless contraband cellphones at two Baltimore City prisons; $4.1 million to hire 100 new correctional officers; $788,000 to establish a department-wide security camera and equipment replacement fund; $563,000 to expand the DPSCS K-9 unit; and $637,000 to expand in-service training for correctional officers.


The legislature also eliminated a 90-day deadline to bring certain charges against an officer charged with criminal activity inside a correctional facility, related to officer's official duties, or that involves an inmate or detainee. Penalties for delivering or attempting to deliver a telecommunications device, charger or SIM card into a facility rose from $1,000 to $3,000, and an additional sentence of three to five years. And the department will now have the ability to suspend corrupt officers without pay for delivering into a facility telecommunications devices, and any sort of drug or alcohol.


See our 2014 Legislative Report here.



DPSCS Remembers and Honors Victims and Their Families


Virginia Warren, ECI- East Volunteer Coordinator said, "It was our attempt to personify the emotional reactions that each affected person might experience."


The activity was just one among many used bu DPSCS to increase awareness of crime victims and the struggles those victims, families and our communities face. Employees and offenders worked together to create events that would send a message to victims, their families and the communities. Several institutions participated in "Food for Thought."  Offenders adorned paper plates with an apology, reflection or a poem written for victims. Others created a paper chain with their messages to their victims.  




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"We learned everything about bees, from how to start colonies to diseases," Gantz added.


The Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown already has several inmates working on the hives, supervised by two correctional officers who also took the training, Gantz said. More inmates from the region are expected to be brought into the program this summer.


The trainers got help from a Germantown man with decades of experience who has served as a mentor, Gantz said. "It was fun," Gantz said of the training. "He helped us to get started." 


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