DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard Honored As Innovator of the Year
Daily Record recognizes unique restorative justice impact of Public Safety Works inmate projects
Towson, MD (October 27, 2011)---Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, was honored last night as Innovator of the Year by the Daily Record. The prestigious award comes after the O’Malley Administration’s endorsement of DPSCS’ unique restorative justice effort known as Public Safety Works (PSW).
Public Safety Works features roughly 400 low-security inmates on any given day performing meaningful community projects that far surpass the old days of roadside litter details (which of course inmates still do). Under Secretary Maynard’s watch, DPSCS inmates have placed millions of oyster spat into the Chesapeake’s tributaries; planted one million trees; reforested portions of Antietam National Battlefield; restored more than a dozen cemeteries, including three State veterans burial grounds; provided cost-saving public works help to cash-strapped municipalities; and helped non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, more than a dozen of whose homes inmates have either built or rehabbed.
“I’d like to congratulate Secretary Maynard on receiving the Innovator of the Year award,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “Over the years, he has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the people of Maryland and a strong belief in partnership by making justice efforts work for inmates and communities alike. He is principled, smart, innovative and humble. With his keen sense of justice, a strong work ethic and unparalleled integrity, the continued progress we’ve made at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services would not be possible without Secretary Maynard’s leadership. We are so fortunate to have him as a valued member of the Administration, and on behalf of all Marylanders, we thank him for his service.”
“I would like to thank Governor O’Malley for his tremendous support of this initiative,” said Secretary Maynard. “And I thank the dedicated DPSCS employees who are now constantly coming up with ways for inmates to pay society back that are truly meaningful.”
The PSW projects teach inmates valuable work skills and work ethic, and connect inmates to the communities they are about to re-enter in most meaningful ways. Veterans in prison, for example, are assigned to restore the very cemeteries they themselves are eligible to be buried in. Some inmates work with “abandoned” thoroughbred racehorses on one of the few inmate-tended horse farms in the country. Others have provided emergency flood preparation and post-flood cleanup in small towns and along Chesapeake Bay beaches.
Future PSW inmate projects include handicap-accessible curbs, repairs to picnic pavilions at state parks, and other beneficial public works jobs for small towns and non-profits.
Secretary Maynard, a more than 40-year correctional administrator and retired Brigadier General in the Army National Guard, came to Maryland in 2007. His responsibilities include overseeing three correctional divisions, Parole and Probation, the Parole Commission, and the Police and Correctional Training Commissions, among other DPSCS divisions.
A link to the Daily Record story on its honor to Secretary Maynard is below.
For more information on the Public Safety Works initiative, you may call statewide Inmate Public Works Coordinator John Rowley at 301 729 7690.