Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

Coordinates: 39°08′06″N 76°46′28″W / 39.1349°N 76.7745°W / 39.1349; -76.7745
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Maryland Correctional Institution for Women
LocationJessup, Maryland
Coordinates39°08′06″N 76°46′28″W / 39.1349°N 76.7745°W / 39.1349; -76.7745
Security classAdult women
Population800 (as of 2014)
Managed byMaryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
WardenMargaret Chippendale

Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCI-W) is a multi-level security prison operated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in Jessup, Maryland.


Diane Sawyer visited the prison in 2015 for a special ABC report on women behind bars.[1] Women at the prison stitch flags for Maryland government agencies.[2] Women helped write plays that were eventually performed outside of prison.[3] Yoga classes have been taught at the prison.[4]


Goucher College offers courses to inmates at MCI-W.[5][6]

Notable incidents[edit]

In 2013, a Department of Justice report found higher-than-average rates of guard-on-inmate sexual abuse.[7]





  1. ^ Boedeker, Hal (February 26, 2015). "Diane Sawyer visits Ocala prison for special". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ DiMarco, Nick (June 14, 2013). "Flag Day: Banners are symbol of liberty their seamstresses hope to regain". Maryland Reporter. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Hughes, Sarah Anne (August 29, 2013). "From Behind Bars to the Kennedy Center: Prisoner-Penned Play Comes to the Stage". DCist. Archived from the original on July 25, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Schware, Rob (September 24, 2012). "Why Yoga for Women Prisoners?". HuffPost. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Grasgreen, Allie (July 31, 2015). "Kids Before Cons Act aims to fight Pell Grants for prisoners". Politico. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Anderson, Nick (December 2, 2013). "Selective Goucher College brings liberal arts into Maryland prisons". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Duncan, Ian (May 16, 2013). "Baltimore has high rate of staff-inmate sex". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Pitts, Jonathan M. (May 14, 2019). "Ex-bishop Heather Cook released from prison after serving half of sentence for fatal drunken driving crash". Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Maryland DOC Inmate Locator".
  10. ^ "Maryland DOC Inmate Locator".

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