As we celebrate this Black History Month, DPSCS Secretary Carolyn J. Scruggs shares her upbringing and experiences that pushed her to make a difference in her community.
She asserts the importance of never doubting your abilities, which ultimately led her to become the first African American woman to run DPSCS.
Chaplain Reginald W. Bellamy Sr. is assigned to the Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup (MCIJ) as the Administrative Chaplain. He is the highest ranking Chaplain in the Division and on November 10, 2024, he will celebrate 25 years of faithful service. He is the religious service liaison for 15 different faith groups and a Registered Peer Recovery Supervisor at MCI-J.
Today we recognize all that Chaplain Reginald W. Bellamy Sr. has contributed to the mental and spiritual healing of individuals over the past 25 years!
Carlos Bivens is a former U.S. Marine who has been a correctional professional for over 33 years. His path to warden was as he states it, "CO Zero to Administrative Hero," correctional officer to Warden. He has enjoyed, and appreciates the journey as it provides perspective.
He started his career at the Eastern Correctional Institution in March of 1990. Over the course of his career he has worked at six state correctional facilities: ECI, MRDCC, MCAC (former Supermax now known as CDF), MCIJ, CMCF and now Warden at RCI. Mr. Bivens was also appointed at DOC HQ on two separate occasions, first as the Director of Crisis Management & Emergency Preparedness (Correctional Office Major), and again as the Director of Security Operations. Warden Bivens believes in "servant leadership", prioritizing the growth, well-being, and empowerment of his staff as one of the primary planks of focus in his construct as a leader and managing authority.
His favorite affirmation "To whom much is given,....Much is required" encapsulates the way he sees himself, and the way he hopes others see him as a leader in the Department. "Always,..always...give back, pay it forward, and appreciate the security and opportunities this career can afford you...if you apply yourself."
Monika Brittingham is currently an Assistant Warden (AW) at Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI). She started her career at DPSCS in 2001 and in December 2017, she became the first African American woman to be promoted to Correctional Officer Major at ECI. Not long after, she was the first woman to be promoted to Security Chief at ECl. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her career has helped her succeed as an AW at ECI while continuing to support the DPSCS mission.
Have you heard of 988, the suicide and crisis lifeline? This 3-digit number connects people with a huge network of mental health providers who provide support to those who need it. If you know anyone who needs help, please share the number with them, and let them know they're not alone.
Black History Month is a part of a living, breathing legacy of the significant contributions of Black leaders and volunteers in American history. Black history is American history.