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 north of Baltimore City 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:

  • Maryland Correctional Enterprises


Chesapeake Detention Facility on East Madison Street, east of The Fallsway across from the old historic Maryland Penetentiary and the adjacent Baltimore City Jail / Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore, (formerly "SuperMax").

Associated Facilities[edit]

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] In December 2014, Former Governor Martin O'Malley commuted the sentences of all Maryland death row inmates to life sentences.[citation needed]

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, five officers have died while on duty.[6]

See also[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,
  6. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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