Detention Center Inmate Programs
Inmates sentenced to the St. Mary's County Detention Center, who are authorized work release by the courts, go through an interview process during which pertinent personal and job related information is gathered. Necessary information is verified with the employer. Then, release and return times for the Detention Center are established. Inmates in the program sign an agreement regarding the rules, regulations and restrictions of Work Release.
The Director of the Corrections Division has great latitude in the administration of the Work Release program. Inmates are closely monitored by the Community Supervision Unit. Such monitoring includes telephone calls to employers, periodic urinalysis, and breath alcohol testing to assure compliance with the agreement. Employers are sent a letter confirming an inmate's participation in the Work Release program, along with time sheets that are used by the Detention Center staff to verify hours worked. Any infraction of the signed agreement could result in an inmate's suspension from Work Release and return to the General Population.
Home Detention, or Electronic Home Monitoring, is a sentencing alternative which incarcerates an inmate in their place of residence instead of the Detention Center.
Instituted in 1991, the program has proven to be a cost-effective and reliable method of insuring certain convicted offenders receive punishment commensurate with their offense, while also insuring public safety is not compromised.
Much like the Work Release Program, inmates are authorized participation in Home Detention by the courts. Participants are subject to an intense screening process conducted by Detention Center staff.
A cooperative effort with the Board of Education and the Literacy Council, the Detention Center Literacy Program continues to provide remedial education and preparation to inmates for the general educational development (GED) test. The Board of Education provides these services to the inmates and detainees three days a week.
The Detention Center in partnership with Walden-Sierra, Inc., provides a variety of programs to the male and female inmate. These programs include:
• Alcohol and Drug Education
• Domestic Violence / Anger Management
• Health and Nutrition
• Substance Abuse Counseling
• Parenting Skills
• Mental Health Counseling
For more information on Inmate Programs, please contact:
Glenda R. Thompson
Programs Administrative Coordinator
Office: (301) 475-4200 x*2250
Fax: (301) 475-4010
Main Line to Detention Center: (301) 475-4200 x*2200
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