The mission of the
Corrections Division is to reduce crime by confining offenders who pose
a threat to the community in the most safe and secure manner possible.
These offenders may be held pending trial or sentencing, or upon
conviction. They are committed to the St. Mary's County Detention Center
for service of sentence, or pending transfer to the Maryland Division of
The St. Mary's County Detention Center traces its history
to the origins of the Sheriff's Office, established in 1637. The
oldest Detention Center ("the Old Jail") was built in 1856.
The Old Jail is located in Leonardtown, next to the Circuit
Courthouse. It now houses the offices of the St. Mary's County
front of the "Old Jail" you will find a cannon which was brought to
Maryland in 1634 aboard the Ark, one of the first ships bringing
settlers to Maryland. You can tour the Old Jail, Monday thru Friday
between noon and 4 pm.
The county constructed the next detention
facility in 1945 as an addition to the Circuit Courthouse in
Leonardtown. This served the county from 1945 to 1989. That building was
razed in 1999 due to the Circuit Courthouse Expansion Project.
the county's growth, it was necessary to construct a larger detention
facility. That facility is the present Detention Center that stands
today behind the Carter Building in Leonardtown. On May 12, 1998, the
62 bed expansion wing of the Detention Center was dedicated to William
To recognize the opening of the Gatton Wing, as well
as raise funds for the operation of the Detention Center, members of the
Criminal Justice community and the general public were invited to "spend
a night in jail." This activity provided the Correctional Officer staff
and the Emergency Response Team an excellent opportunity to familiarize
themselves with the operation of the "new" unit.
The Gatton Wing ("E
Pod") was opened and occupied in June of 1998.
St. Mary’s County
Detention Center 41880 Baldridge Street Leonardtown, Maryland
20650 301-475-4200 x3200