Press Release
State of Maryland
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Communications Office Contact
Danielle Lueking ~ 410-339-5011 ~
dwilmsen@dpscs.state.md.us

DPSCS to Host Major Multi-State Conference On Services for Offenders Who Are Veterans

"Hope and Help for Justice-Involved Veterans” at VA Perry Point FacilityTuesday, 11/13

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TOWSON, MD (November 9, 2012)---The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) will welcome correctional and public safety people from multiple states on November 13 for a first-of-its-kind intensive conference dealing with issues surrounding incarcerated veterans and their re-entry into society.

The daylong event, to be held at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs facility, will include workshops on veterans’ courts; services for incarcerated veterans; re-entry services for veterans; suicide prevention; and homelessness among ex-offender veterans, among many topics. Both DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard and Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, Jr. will attend and make presentations.

DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard, himself a brigadier general, has intensified Department efforts to identify incarcerated veterans and create partnerships that allow them to receive veterans-assisting services to which they are entitled. Many DPSCS prisons have active veterans groups, and DPSCS is among the first correctional systems in the nation to have incarcerated veterans training service dogs for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. From pretrial in Baltimore City through Community Supervision statewide, DPSCS is attempting to identify veterans and hook them up with vital services, addictions programs, etc.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. with remarks by both Secretary Maynard and Secretary Chow, and includes breakout sessions and  panel discussions, concluding at around 4 p.m.

MASCA is the regional affiliate for both the American Correctional Association and the American Probation and Parole Association. In addition to hosting this one day conference, Maryland is also the host state for MASCA’s 75th Anniversary conference, Looking Toward Tomorrow, Building on Yesterday,this summer June 9-12, 2031 for local, state and federal professionals in corrections, parole/probation and juvenile justice.