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State of Maryland
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Maryland Public Safety Secretary Receives Association of State Correctional Administrators Francke Award

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Towson, MD (November 5, 2012) --- Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) Secretary Gary D. Maynard has been named the Outstanding Director of Corrections for 2012 by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). Also known as the Francke Award, this honor is presented annually by ASCA in recognition of a corrections professional’s achievements and dedication to corrections. The award, established in 1992, is one of the highest honors given in the corrections field and is named for Michael Francke, the Director of the Oregon Department of Correction who was murdered in 1989 by a former inmate.

With more than 35 years of experience in correctional administration, Maynard has served as Maryland’s Director since 2007. Prior to that he also led three other state correctional divisions, including Iowa, South Carolina and Oklahoma, as well as being an Assistant Commissioner in Arkansas. He also has 32 years of service with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, where he retired as Brigadier General, and has served as the Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs, the Director of Corrections and Public Safety Programs at the College of Continuing Education for the University of Oklahoma and was a psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Morris Thigpen, Director of the National Institute of Corrections and recipient of the first Francke Award in 1992, made the announcement October 30th during the annual ASCA awards banquet. He also touted Maynard’s commitment to the advancement of the Corrections profession through his work with the American Correctional Association (ACA), as well as ASCA. Maynard has been a member of ASCA since 1987 and is currently the President of the Southern Directors Association.

Governor Martin O’Malley praised the Secretary upon his acceptance of the award. “Since Secretary Maynard’s appointment in January 2007, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has made tremendous strides after some very difficult years,” said the Governor. Maynard has made security integration a priority for DPSCS, helping to keep our state safe; focused on drug treatment, education and health care as building blocks for inmates’ ultimate success; and making restorative justice efforts work for inmates and communities alike. He has prioritized the identification of innovative practices that have benefited Maryland, and has actively shared them with his peers across the country through ASCA.

“Most importantly, he has made safety in our state’s correctional institutions a priority. Through a focus on developing gang intelligence inside our facilities, sharing that information with local, state and federal criminal justice stakeholders, and innovative efforts to target the use of illegal cell phones inside our prisons, DPSCS has helped make our state safer. Our efforts to reduce violence are attributable to home-grown ideas that came about as a result of Secretary Maynard’s leadership.”