New Legislators tour Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown
Media invited to Monday, Dec. 13 event

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TOWSON, MD (December 9, 2010) – The Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) on Monday will welcome 40 freshman General Assembly members as they stop by the facility during their three-day bus tour through Maryland. While at MCTC, the incoming members of the General Assembly will receive an overview of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) from Secretary Gary D. Maynard. Division of Correction Commissioner J. Michael Stouffer and other department leaders will also be speaking.

Media is invited for the Monday morning presentation and tour. Please RSVP to Erin Julius, above, and plan to arrive at MCTC no later than 10:30 a.m. Remember that no cell phones, weapons of any kind or other contraband are allowed in the facility. Thank you for your cooperation.

The incoming legislators will see MCTC’s newest housing unit and brand-new programming building.

Monday’s MCTC tour will also include stops at two Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) shops. MCE is the prison industry arm of the Division of Correction (DOC). The three-year recidivism rate for MCE inmate workers is less than half that of released inmates as a whole. Roughly 50% of all released inmates return to the system within three years; for MCE inmates, the recidivism rate is 24%. MCE employs 50 inmates at MCTC. Thirty-three work at the Systems Furniture Plant and 17 work at the Brush and Carton Plant.