Victim Services - Division of Pretrial Detention and Services

The Division of Pretrial Detention and Services (DPDS) assists the victims and witnesses of crimes when the perpetrator is in custody at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center or the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The Division recognizes that victims and witnesses suffer direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as the result of crime. Many of the victims want their voices heard by criminal justice professionals on how the crime has impacted them and they take an active role in the judicial proceedings. Others fear the defendant’s return to the community and want to be notified when the defendant returns to the street.

The Division helps victims and witnesses by treating them with respect, dignity and sensitivity and providing prompt notification of the defendant’s:

  • Expected sentence expiration date, bail release or other court release;
  • Transfer to another institution or a treatment facility, or
  • Escape from custody.

If you are a victim of a crime and the defendant is in custody of the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services and you want to be notified of a change in the defendant's status, please provide the following information to the Central Records Office, by phoning 410-209-4416 or 410-545-8278. The office is open 24 hours daily.

  • Your name;
  • Your address;
  • Your home, work or cell phone numbers;
  • The inmate's name and if known, date of birth and prison ID number.

The information you provide will be entered in the defendant's record and you will be notified when any changes in the defendant's status occurs. If you prefer, you may request notification by submitting the above information in writing to: Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, Central Records Office, 300 East Madison Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.