Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Maryland, March 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Prince George's County Courthouse, Duvall Wing, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, April 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Courtroom no. 1, Caroline County Courthouse, 109 Market St., Denton, Maryland, August 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
According to the Division of Correction, in Fiscal Year 2015, Maryland's average daily inmate population was 20,602 at an annual cost of $38,360 per person. In Fiscal Year 2016, the average length of stay was over 6 years (78.3 months).
Somerset County Detention Center, 30474 Revells Neck Road, Westover, Maryland, May 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Rehabilitation. In order to reduce prison idleness and improve the employability of prisoners when they are discharged, Maryland Correctional Enterprises, a financially self-supporting State agency, provides structured employment and training for offenders. In Fiscal Year 2016, Maryland Correctional Enterprises employed 2,035 inmates and had a record revenue of $61.4 million.
Metropolitan Transition Center (formerly Maryland Penitentiary), view from lower Forrest St., Baltimore, Maryland, January 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Throughout Maryland, some prisoners work with animals in various programs. Inmates learn how to care for rescued and retired race horses at the Second Chances Farm at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, a Public Safety Works program which began in 2008. Through the Canine Partners for Life, prisoners train dogs to become service animals for disabled individuals, while those working with America's Vetdogs train puppies to become service dogs for wounded veterans.
Field Support Services at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services gives inmates the opportunity to further their education. In Fiscal Year 2015, some 6,672 prisoners enrolled in academic classes, 2,169 for occupational skills, and 4,902 in transitional programs. Also, 220 prisoners received their high school equivalency degrees, while 308 more received college credits through Goucher College.
Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, 300 North Gay St., Baltimore, Maryland, June 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Victims of Crime. In Maryland, victims of crimes are offered a range of services throughout the criminal justice process. Notification on the status of cases in criminal court, pretrial conferences, court accompaniment, and crisis intervention are provided in most counties by the County State's Attorney's Office, or in Baltimore City, the City State's Attorney's Office (see local law offices). Within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, victims services units provide information about the detention and release of offenders and their whereabouts. They also advise victims how to obtain financial compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Also, the Victim Services Program is overseen by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
For victims of juvenile crimes, the Department of Juvenile Services provides direct assistance. It also considers their emotional, physical and financial needs when resolving cases. Often, young offenders are required to reimburse the victim directly for losses resulting from their delinquent acts.
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