Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

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The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is a Maryland state government agency that performs a number of functions,[1] including the operation of the state prisons. It has its headquarters in Towson, the unincorporated county seat in Baltimore County, Maryland. Additional offices for correctional institutions supervision are located on Reisterstown Road in northwest Baltimore.[2]

Organizational units[edit]

Some of the agencies contained within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services include:

  • Division of Capital Construction and Facilities Maintenance
  • Division of Correction
  • Division of Parole and Probation
  • Division of Pretrial Detention and Services (operates the jail and the pre-trial release program in the city of Baltimore)
  • Emergency Number Systems Board[3]
  • Police and Correctional Training Commissions

Facilities[edit]

Associated Facilities[edit]

  • Central Booking and Intake Center - Baltimore

Proposed Facilities[edit]

Death row[edit]

The "Death Row" for men was in the North Branch Correctional Institution in Western Maryland's Cumberland area. The execution chamber is in the Metropolitan Transition Center (the former Maryland Penetentiary). The five men who were on the State's "death row" were moved in June 2010 from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center.[4]

Black Guerrilla Family[edit]

In 2009, a federal indictment under the RICO Act charges that the Black Guerrilla Family gang was active in a number of facilities including, North Branch Correctional Institution, Western Correctional Institution, Eastern Correctional Institution, Roxbury Correctional Institution, Maryland Correctional Institution – Jessup, Maryland Correctional Institution – Hagerstown, Baltimore City Correctional Center, and Metropolitan Transition Center, and the Baltimore City Detention Center (formerly and also known as the Baltimore City Jail).

The gang had a statewide "supreme commander" as well as subordinate commanders in each facility. These leaders were assisted by other gang officials dubbed ministers of intelligence, justice, defense and education. These organizations enforced a code of conduct and smuggled contraband into the facilities.[5]

Another prison gang, this one of mostly white prisoners, known as "D.M.I." Dead Man Incorporated was founded in Maryland prisons in 2001 or 2002 as an offshoot of the Black Guerrilla Family.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, 5 officers have died in the line of duty.[6]

Name Date Notes
David Warren McGuinn 25 July 2006 Stabbed
Jeffery Alan Wroten 27 January 2006 Gunshot
Herman Lester Toulson, Jr. 6 October 1984 Stabbed
Alfred H. Walker 8 July 1927 Gunshot
Robert H. Holtman 21 February 1925 Assault

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See also[edit]

National:

References[edit]

  1. ^ About the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
  2. ^ Home page. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  3. ^ Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety Article, § 1-305
  4. ^ Calvert, Scott and Kate Smith. "Death row inmates transferred to W. Maryland." The Baltimore Sun. June 25, 2010. Retrieved on September 22, 2010.
  5. ^ Federal indictment " United States of America vs Eric Brown" et. al, http://www.scribd.com/doc/33967521/BGF-RICO-Indictment
  6. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page
  7. ^ Officer Down Home Page, accessed 25 April 2013

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