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Topics At A Glance

Correctional Education

Our partner agency – Labor, Licensing and Regulation – continued their oversight of correctional education this past year with a focus on enrollment and completion. During FY12:Correcitonal Education image

  • Total avg. monthly enrollment in Adult Basic thru GED level academic classes behind the fence was 2,610 – filling approximately 98% of available seats.
  • 67% GED completion rate, with 648 offenders earning their degree.
  • The avg. monthly enrollment in college level classes was 120 offenders.
  • 789 offenders successfully completed an Occupational Skills Training course.
  • 3,506 offenders completed Transitional Services classes.

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Vital Records

In an effort to improve the transition process for offenders returning to society, DPSCS has focused on equipping offenders with vital records such as a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) ID, Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards. Records make securing housing, applying for employment and gaining medical assistance for instance easier, facilitating a successful reentry. During FY12:

  • Through education of staff and offenders on the importance of IDs for reentry, DPSCS has seen a 40% increase in total MVA IDs, Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates issued to inmates prior to release over FY10, the first full year of tracking.
  • 10, 560 total IDs issued to inmates prior to release.
  • Another 1,642 MVA IDs were issued to offenders after release under the partnership with MVA.

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Workforce DevelopmentMCE image

Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE), the industry arm of the Division of Correction, continued to expand their job training skills to a record number of offenders. During FY12:

  • 53% increase in average employment over FY07.
  • Employed a monthly average of 1,989 in 31 business units across the state.
  • 2.76 million hours of training and employment were provided to this population.
  • In mid-FY12 MCE opened an Upholstery Plant at the North Branch Correctional Institution, the first plant at the maximum security prison in Cumberland.
  • MCE also continued their philanthropic efforts this year, supporting the Department’s annual Special Olympics Maryland fundraiser, cooking hundreds of turkeys for the Bea Gaddy Foundation to feed more than 35,000 in Baltimore during Thanksgiving and laundering 8,000 bras for a local breast cancer fundraiser.

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Fostering Animals in Prison

fostering animals imageLearning compassion for another living creature can have a profound impact on offenders, as well as have a calming effect on the prison atmosphere. DPSCS has undertaken many new partnerships to foster and train dogs behind prison walls. During FY12:

  • At Roxbury Correctional Institution offenders started training and socializing abandoned/abused dogs through the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in November 2011, preparing them for adoption. Since they began 35 dogs have been through the institution.fostering animals image
  • A partnership with America’s VetDogs began in late FY12 at three facilities in Maryland, giving incarcerated Veterans the opportunity to give back by housing and training puppies that will eventually become service dogs for wounded warriors.
  • A long standing Canine Partners for Life program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women continued to operate during FY12, with the addition of a male facility.

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Quick Facts

Correctional Education

  • Academic (Adult Basic – GED) Classes
    • 2,610 avg. monthly enrollment
    • 98% of available seats filled
  • GED/High School Diplomas
    • 648 offenders received while incarcerated
    • 67% completion rate
  • College Level Classes
    • 120 avg. monthly enrollment
  • Occupational Skills Training
    • 789 offenders completed
  • Transitional Services
    • 3,506 offenders completed


Vital Records

  • 10,560 total IDs issued prior to release in FY12
  • 40% increase vs. FY10
  • Additional 1,642 MVA IDs issued after release


Maryland Correctional Enterprises

  • 53% increase in average inmates employed per month from FY07 to FY12
  • 2.76 million hours of training in FY12


Animal Training/Rescue

  • America’s VetDogs program started in three prisons FY12
    • Veterans raising puppies that will become service dogs for wounded military members
  • Partnership with Canine Partners for Life expanded to male facility in Jessup
    • First class of four puppies graduated end of FY12
  • New dog rescue program started at Roxbury Correctional Institution mid-FY12
    • 35 dogs socialized/trained for adoption during FY12