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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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Oysters

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 In FY13

House of Correction

  • $5 million saved by 120 inmates deconstructing facility
  • Allowed 90 percent of wreckage to stay out of landfills
  • Saved 100,000 bricks for public projects

Trees

  • 1,800 tree seedlings planted next to the Patuxent Institution
  • 1,150,00 trees planted throughout the state by inmates to date

Oysters

  • Inmates worked 3,766 hours at Piney Point
  • 24,750 bushels of oyster shells washed and graded
  • 39,600 shells bagged