Classification is a sorting out process that assigns
inmates to the appropriate custody level within the St.
Mary's County Detention Center, under the proper degree
of staff supervision. Classification also fosters
enhanced staff/inmate communication and facilities
program and service decisions in terms of the most
likely benefit to individual inmates. All inmates are
subject to the classification process in order to
determine appropriate custody, security level, housing
and program placement.
The classification process is individualized,
dynamic and recognizes the potential of human beings to
grow or regress both emotionally and socially.
Classification is an on-going process that exists as a
continuum for each inmate on an institutional life
basis. For some inmates, the progress may even extend to
Medical services are provided in-house for inmates
through an existing contract with CONMED, Inc. This
contract provides for a sick call up to five days per
week. During sick call, inmates are seen by a doctor who
evaluates their medical condition and prescribes
treatment as needed. Inmates continue to receive medical
care from external medical providers when necessary.
A legislative initiative passed
by the Maryland Legislature now gives the Sheriff the
authority to charge those inmates who can afford it a
nominal fee for medical services. This fee, which was
set by the Board of County Commissioners at $4.00 per
visit, in no way hinders an indigent inmate's ability or
opportunity to obtain medical care. This fee helps
recoup some of the funds expended on the inmate's
behalf, reduces the number of frivolous medical
complaints and reinforces the idea that incarcerated
inmates remain responsible for themselves.
of the services performed within the facility include
routing x-rays, specimen collection and certain
testing. In addition to the cost savings by
providing these services on-site, additional monies are
saved, as Correctional Officers are not required to
transport these inmates to the doctor or hospital.
The need to control these expenditures is even more
significant due to the continuous rise in medical costs.
The current health care problems facing the United
States are magnified in Detention Centers. Inmates are
being sentenced to longer periods of incarceration.
Medical issues common to the correctional environment
such as Tuberculosis (TB), Human Immune Deficiency Virus
(HIV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) are becoming
commonplace and must be addressed both medically and
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment
Program (MCCJTP), under the management of CONMED, Inc.,
began providing mental health services in the St. Mary's
County Detention Center on February 1, 1998. The primary
goal of the MCCJTP of St. Mary's County is to meet the
needs of persons with serious mental illness who are
incarcerated and to reduce the recidivism to state
psychiatric hospitals, detention centers and
Under the direction of a Sheriff's Office volunteer, the
Detention Center Library provides recreational reading
material, reference books, special interest books and
high school / GED materials to all inmates.
Additionally, Correctional Officers assist interested
inmates in obtaining legal books, and copies of court
cases relevant to their situations.
The majority of
reading material stocked in the Detention Center Library
is donated at no cost to the taxpayer. The availability
of these materials in particular has boosted inmate