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Maryland House of Correction

deconstructionIn FY13, the department embarked in the single largest Public Safety Works effort ever undertaken in the landmark deconstruction of the Maryland House of Correction. In the most unique and largest inmate labor project in America, more than 120 inmates were trained in hazardous materials abatement and other skills as they helped to deconstruct the facility, built in 1879.

  • The project saved taxpayers an estimated $5 million. The department recycled more than a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of doors, windows, fencing and other items for use by other correctional facilities.
  • Deconstruction will allow 90 percent of wreckage from the old prison to stay out of landfills.

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Tree Planting

Inmates planted 1,800 tree seedlings in FY13 along with the Department of Natural Resources next to the Patuxent Institution. The work brings the number of trees planted throughout the state by inmates to 1,150,000.

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In partnership withOysters imageSmart, Green & Growing’s Maryland Grow Oysters program, PSW inmate crews built cages for a citizen growing program in FY13. Pre-release inmates also worked with the Department of Natural Resources at the Piney Point Aquaculture Center to support spat repopulation. During FY13:

  • Inmates contributed over 108 work days and 3,766 man hours for the Piney Point project.
  • Washed and graded 24,750 bushels of oyster shells.
  • Bagged 39,600 shell bags and loaded them on to 792 pallets.

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Sustainability News

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Quick Facts


  • 1,219,610 trees planted across MD under Smart, Green and Growing initiative
    • 89,610 saplings planted by Maryland Correctional Enterprises in FY12



Piney Point Aquaculture Center summer 2012

  • 3,740 hours of work over 105 days
  • 16,880 bushels of oyster shell washed
  • 28,131 shell bags filled
  • More than 50 million spat harvested since partnership began in 2010