Howard County Department of Corrections

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Howard County Police Department
Abbreviation HCPD
Agency overview
Formed 1975
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Maryland, USA
Map of Maryland highlighting Howard County.svg
Map of Howard County Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 252.04 square miles
Population 272,452
General nature • Local civilian agency
Headquarters Jessup, Maryland
39°16′35″N 76°48′23″W / 39.27639°N 76.80639°W / 39.27639; -76.80639

  • Jack Kavanagh, Director

The Howard County Department of Corrections (HCDC) is the corrections agency servicing 3500 arrests within 252.04 square miles (652.8 km2) of Howard County, Maryland yearly.


Corrections in Howard County was handled through the county police. The first institution built was the twelve person Ellicott City Jail in 1878.[1] In 1975 a separate division was created by County Executive Edward L. Cochran. Its first director was Gerald H. McClellan.[2]


The department operates the following facilities

Central Booking Center
Housed at Waterloo southern Police barracks. Moved to Jessup facility opened 28 March 2005
Central Detention Facility
Opened in 1983 with a capacity of 108 inmates. In 1994 the facility was expanded to 361 inmates.

In 2009, the department took over operations of the Howard County Community Service Program, subcontracting to the Serenity Center

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ellicott City Jail". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "2012 Department of Corrections". Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013.