Building a Foundation for Success

Topics At A Glance

Correctional Education

Our partner agency – Labor, Licensing and Regulation – continued their oversight of correctional education this past year with a focus on enrollment and completion. During FY13:Correcitonal Education image

  • Total enrollment in academic classes is up to 6,378 in FY13 from 6,260 in FY12.
  • Total enrollment in occupations classes stood at 1,492 in FY13 with vocational class completions up to 875 in FY13 compared to 789 in FY12.
  • Close to three out of every four offenders who took the GED passed, meaning 692 offenders earned their high school diplomas in FY13.
  • Total average monthly enrollment in Adult Basic Education thru GED level academic classes behind the fence was 2,610 – filling approximately 99% of available seats.
  • The average monthly enrollment in college level classes was 82 offenders.
  • 875 offenders successfully completed an Occupational Skills Training course.
  • 2,998 offenders completed Transitional Services classes.
  • Enrollment has more than tripled over FY12 for offenders with a high school diploma or GED to earn college credits through an innovative collaboration with Goucher College.

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Vital Records

In an effort to improve the transition process for offenders returning to society, DPSCS has focused on equipping offenders with vital records such as a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) ID, Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards. Records make securing housing, applying for employment and gaining medical assistance for instance easier,facilitating a successful reentry. During FY13:

  • Total IDs obtained by inmates prior to their release is up 82 percent since FY10 and 22 percent since FY12 to over 15,000.

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Workforce DevelopmentMCE image

Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE), the industry arm of the Division of Correction, continued to expand their job training skills to a record number of offenders. During FY13:

  • MCE has expanded its job skill training, which mirrors industries in the private sector, by 58 percent since FY07. From FY12 to FY13, MCE employment rose 3 percent.
  • MCE employed an average of 2,052 offenders in 31 business units across the state.
  • MCE provided its offender employees with 2,902,350 hours of employment/training.




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Fostering Animals in Prison

fostering animals imageLearning compassion for another living creature can have a profound impact on offenders, as well as have a calming effect on the prison atmosphere. DPSCS has undertaken many new partnerships to foster and train dogs behind prison walls and care for horses.

  • DPSCS has eight dog programs at its facilities. These efforts include America’s VetDogs, which trains animals to aid wounded veterans. Canine Partners For Life is the longest running Maryland dog program that continues to turn out well-trained dogs for a fostering animals imagePennsylvania-based non-profit. Through Hope of Prison Education (HOPE) Hounds partnership, Roxbury Correctional Institution has trained nearly 60 adoptable dogs in three years.
  • DPSCS has one of nine Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horse farms tended by pre-release offenders, who earn a Groom Elite certification upon successfully completing intensive classroom and equine care curriculum. Offenders train on all aspects of caring for horses while learning compassion and responsibility.

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A Foundation For Success In FY13

Correctional Education

  • Class enrollment up to 6,378 from 6,260 in FY12
  • Occupational class completions up 9.8% over FY12
  • 692 offenders earned their GED
  • 99% of Adult Basic Education seats filled
  • Enrollment in courses earning college credits more than tripled over FY12

Vital Records

  • IDs obtained by inmates before release up 82 percent since FY10

Workforce Development

  • Job skill training expanded by 58 percent since FY07
  • 2,052 offenders in 31 business units across the state
  • 2,902,350 hours of employment/training

Fostering Animals

  • 8 inmate dog training programs
  • 3 programs added in FY13
  • 2 horses added to inmate horse farm