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Lending a Hand, Showing We Care: DPSCS Employees' Holiday Benevolence is Everywhere This Wintergifts

As one of the largest State government agencies, DSPCS has employees based from one corner of Maryland to the other, in all 23 counties plus Baltimore City. The net result is thousands of employees plugged into the needs and struggles of their communities.

This past holiday season, correctional officers, parole and probation agents, IIU detectives, and many other non-uniformed employees outdid themselves with acts of kindness, from Garrett County to the ocean, and from Cecil County to Southern Maryland.

From helping to pack and distribute hundreds of care packages in Hagerstown; to donating food, clothing, and toys to dozens of families and schoolchildren in Baltimore, Jessup, Carroll County, Southern Maryland, and all corners of the Eastern Shore; to throwing a Santa Claus party with hot food and gifts for a school surrounded by penal facilities in Baltimore; to buying gifts for patients at Springfield State Hospital, DPSCS employees proved once again that they care.


Baltimore City Correctional Center delivered its 130+ glove-and-hat care packages despite being delayed three times by snow and bad weather. Several facilities and DPSCS agencies took care of families beset by tragedies like fires, devastating illnesses, or deaths. Hat and glove care packagesMany facilities donated toys to the children of inmates. And even inmates themselves helped the staff: in Hagerstown, Maryland Correctional Enterprises once again cooked 700 turkeys for the Bea Gaddy dinner in Baltimore, and inmates at WCI in Cumberland made toys for kids out of scrap wood, an idea originated by WCI staff.

DPSCS salutes all of its nearly 12,000 employees for their benevolence this winter and throughout the year, further proof that our people do far more than just supervise offenders; they care for their neighbors too.

For a list of many DPSCS benevolent acts this winter, click here.