Community Revitalization

Topics At A Glance

Mount Auburn CemeteryMt Auburn Cemetery

In 2008 DPSCS entered a partnership with the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery – sending inmate crews to clear more than 40 acres of brush that had taken over the state’s oldest African American cemetery. 

In May 2012, DPSCS joined Governor O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and members of the Mount Auburn Cemetery Foundation to announce the receipt of a grant to continue restoration efforts at the cemetery.

PSW crews have worked thousands of hours at the cemetery and continue to take care of the grounds today.

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Veterans Cemeteries

Veterans' Cemeteries imageDPSCS’ first-of-its-kind effort using incarcerated veterans, who received honorable discharges, to restore and keep up state veterans cemeteries continues to receive high praise from the public as well as the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

Crews work on average about 8,000 man-hours each year at Crownsville, Cheltenham and Garrison Forest cemeteries.

Since inception approximately 80 inmates have worked on a Veteran Cemetery crew.

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Curbs and Sidewalks

inmates and sidewalksInmates worked on Cambridge and Westminster curbs and sidewalks to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cambridge and Westminster brought together state agencies, local government and private companies in a public-private partnership.

Inmates under the supervision of a contractor learned construction skills and how to install ADA-approved handicap curbs and sidewalks.

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Farm to Food Bank

In partnership with the Maryland Food Bank and other Farm Cleaning imagearea food banks, farmers plant crops with the help of inmate crews intended to help feed Maryland’s hungriest families through the food banks.

  • During FY13, inmates gleaned 190,000 pounds of produce.
  • To date, inmate crews have harvested more than 2 million pounds of food for area food banks.

 

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Second Chances Farm

In a partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, DPSCS opened one of only eight inmate-tended thoroughbred rescue farms in the nation in 2009. Offenders learn all aspects of equine care, while horses that may have otherwise faced slaughter have a peaceful home to live out their days.

Learn more about Second Chances Farm and the horses we’ve rescued.

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Community Revitalization News


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Quick Facts

Community Revitalization In FY13

Farm Gleaning

  • 279,209 pounds of produce gleaned
  • 2.3 million pounds of food for area food banks since FY11

Mount Auburn Cemetery

  • 5,586 inmate maintenance hours worked
  • 64 inmates assigned to detail

Veterans Cemeteries

  • 10,560 man-hours
  • Average of 98 inmates on project