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State of Maryland
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
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Mark Vernarelli
410-339-5065 ~ mvernare

28-Year DPSCS Veteran Named Deputy Secretary of Operations

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TOWSON, MD (January 6, 2014)---Carroll Parrish, a 28-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and most recently the warden of the State’s women’s prison, has been named Deputy Secretary of Operations.

A Criminal Justice graduate of the University of Maryland who also holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from Coppin State University, Mr. Parrish began his career as a correctional officer in 1976. He has worked at all custody levels in both male and female facilities, including as custody manager of the old Herman L. Toulson Boot Camp.  He is a certified trainer for the National Institute of Corrections, as well as a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland.

After working his way up through the system, Mr. Parrish earned promotions to Chief of Security and Assistant Warden at two of the oldest prisons in the nation: the Metropolitan Transition Center (the old State Pen) and the now-closed House of Correction. He also worked at the Jessup Correctional Institution, one of the state’s newer prisons, and became warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCI-W), the state’s only women’s prison, in 2009.

At MCI-W, Warden Parrish has overseen and developed vast programming, substance abuse and behavior modification, and special needs units, as well as a wide array of re-entry services, skills training efforts, and work release programs.

He has experience in many DPSCS areas, from audits to education, and Maryland Correctional Enterprises operations to medical and mental health services. He has long been a strong supporter of programs and services designed to reduce the State’s recidivism rate, which DPSCS efforts have driven down from over 50% in 2007 to 40.5% in 2013.

New DPSCS Secretary Gregg Hershberger, who appointed Mr. Parrish to his new role, calls his new Deputy Secretary “a forward thinker who knows DPSCS inside and out, and furthermore, understands human nature and the need to give offenders the chance to both repay society and become productive members in it.”

“It is my intention,” says Mr. Parrish, “to build on the public’s confidence that we are capable of maintaining public safety.  More importantly, that the mission of our Department is accomplished:  that the public, our employees and offenders are safe”. 

As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Parrish will oversee the vast majority of day-to-day DPSCS operations, including the entire prison system; the Community Supervision agency; Maryland Correctional Enterprises; medical, food services and inmate programs; the victim services unit; and all security operations.

Mr. Parrish will officially begin his new job on January 8.