Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS)

With nearly 12,000 employees, and a budget of close to $1.2 billion, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is one of the largest state agencies in Maryland. Our functions include the operation of state correctional and Baltimore City pretrial facilities that total 27 institutions, and 45 community supervision offices. DPSCS is also responsible for maintenance of Marylandís Criminal Justice Information Repository, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, the Emergency Number Systems Board and many other valuable criminal justice functions. Administrative functions such as human resources and procurement play a large role in the operations of this agency as well. A full list of our agencies/offices and a link to their subsequent pages is found below.

Our primary objective, as outlined in our mission and vision, is to keep communities safe so that all Marylanders can enjoy living and working in the state. We are achieving this through the increased security of our institutions and by supplying offenders and ex-offenders the tools necessary to stay out of the criminal justice system. We are also working together with partner agencies to share important intelligence information that can reduce crime and violence, while performing tasks needed by our neighboring communities that save tax payer dollars and improve the sustainability of Marylandís natural resources. Learn more about these efforts under the Initiatives tab.

DPSCS Mission/Vision

Mission

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services protects the public, its employees, and detainees and offenders under its supervision.

Vision

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will be nationally recognized as a department that believes its own employees are its greatest strength, and values the development of their talents, skills, and leadership.

We will be known for dealing with tough issues like gang violence, by capitalizing on the strength of interagency collaboration.

We will be nationally known as the department that takes responsibility for the greatest of problems, and moves quickly and quietly to bring about successful change.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will be known as one of the national leaders in the development and use of technology through system interoperability.

Others will look to this department for its effective leadership and evidence-based practices.

We will be known for our belief in the value of the human being, and the way we protect those individuals, whether they are members of the public, our own employees, those we are obligated to keep safe and in custody, or victims of crime.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will be known as an organization that focuses on its mission and takes care of its people.

About Our Leadership

The DPSCS leadership team makes every effort to keep the Department focused on achieving our mission and vision. Find our more about the background of Secretary Gregg Hershberger and the rest of the DPSCS Executive Team.

2012 Reorganization

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reorganized to promote more successful offender reentry and lower recidivism by focusing on regional integration, finding efficiencies and ultimately improving reentry. Read more about the DPSCS reorganization