Information-sharing pact is Maryland's third, NY's first
07/21/2010
The Daily Record

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Maryland and New York will soon share arrest information daily to keep track of arrests of parolees and probationers, the governors of the two states said Tuesday.

The partnership is the third Maryland has made with out-of-state police to more closely monitor its approximately 70,000 people on parole or probation. Maryland has had similar programs with Washington, D.C. and Virginia for two years.

That violent crime in Maryland has dropped over that same period is not a coincidence, said Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

“A lot has to do with better relationships with local jurisdictions and nearby states,” he said. “It's all about keeping tabs on the most violent offenders under state supervision.”

Binetti added that similar partnerships have been discussed with Delaware and Pennsylvania but nothing has been formalized. The New York partnership allows Maryland to monitor a portion of the Interstate 95 corridor, and Binetti said there have been several arrests in New York of individuals in Maryland custody the last few years.

The states' governors, Martin O'Malley and David A. Paterson, released statements praising the partnership as a way to enhance public safety by increasing information sharing, which will start in the next few weeks.

Under the program, Maryland officials can quickly determine if someone under the state's supervision is arrested in New York, and vice versa. Maryland has received information about 3,300 such arrests in two years from Washington and Virginia, Binetti said.

The New York partnership was initiated by officials in Maryland. John M. Caher, a spokesman for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, said it would be that state's first “and not our last.” New York has approximately 30,000 parolees and 100,000 probationers, he said.

“This provides a way for us to know almost in real time if our probationers and parolees are out of New York and committing a crime,” Caher said.