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State Agencies

discretion, that the Commission issue warrants
for the retaking of parolees and issues warrants
for the retaking of parolees charged with a viola-
tion of parole, upon the delegation of this power
to the Director. The Division also makes such in-
vestigation as may enable the Parole Commission
to determine the advisability of granting paroles
to persons sentenced under the laws of Maryland.

Presentence or other investigations are complet-
ed for all State courts when requested. The Divi-
sion must, unless the court specifically orders to
the contrary, complete a presentence investigation
when the sentencing of a defendant convicted of a
felony in an Circuit Court or the Supreme Bench
of Baltimore City may result in the defendant be-
ing remanded to the jurisdiction of the Division
of Correction or his referral to the Patuxent Insti-
tution. The Division, upon request of the courts,
supervises the conduct of persons placed on pro-
bation and reports to the courts whether or not
the conditions of such probation are being met.
The Division also performs other probationary
services as requested by the court.

The Division is authorized to conduct investi-
gations and prepare reports when requested by
the Governor or his designee concerning persons
who make application for pardon or commuta-
tion of sentence or for clemency. The Division
also performs investigations as required by the
Uniform Out-of-State Parolee Supervision Act
concerning parolees and probationers from other
states now living in Maryland. Finally, the Divi-
sion makes investigations, reports, and recom-
mendations with respect to applications for re-
view of criminal sentences as directed by the
Court of Special Appeals.

The Division makes available the services of its
staff to the Circuit Courts for the respective
counties, the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City,
the District Courts, the Parole Commission, the
Governor, and the parole and probation jurisdic-
tions of other states through the Out-of-State Pa-
rolee Supervision Act.

During the last three years the Division has
shown tremendous growth in its investigation and
supervision workload. It is now developing a
casework service approach that is geared to the
treatment and supervision needs of parolees and
probationers in the community. These include an
Employment Program to secure adequate jobs for
clients; an Alcoholism Rehabilitation and Narcot-
ics Program, which aids those so addicted; the
administration of community service work pro-
grams as viable alternatives to traditional proba-
tion supervision; and administration of a citizen's

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volunteer services program. In addition to render-
ing these and other services, the Parole and Pro-
bation agents assist clients in successfully rein-
tegrating themselves into the community through
counseling, casework, special programs, and com-
munity resources, and place appropriate controls
on each client's conduct through effective and ef-
ficient supervision practices in order to reduce
further criminal activity.

The Division maintains offices in the following
areas: Annapolis, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Blad-
ensburg, Cambridge, Camp Springs, Centreville,
Chestertown, College Park, Cumberland, Dcnton,
Dundalk, Easton, Ellicott City, Elkton, Freder-
ick, Gaithersburg, Glen Bumie, Hagerstown, La
Plata, Leonardtown, Oakland, Prince Frederick,
Princess Anne, Rockville, Salisbury, Silver
Spring, Snow Hill, Suitland, Towson, Westmin-
ster, and Woodlawn.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, 1980,
the Division supervised approximately 50,000 pa-
role and probation cases and conducted approxi-
mately 21,000 investigations of various types.

Effective January 1, 1979, approximately
80,000 domestic support cases were transferred to
the jurisdiction of the Department of Human Re-
sources (Code 1957, Art. 41, secs. 117A-131A).


Chairperson: Henry P. Turner, 1982

Herbert Matz, 1981; Louis E. Einschutz, 1982;
Marjorie A. Jennings, 1983; Isaiah Larkin, Jr.,
1983; Jasper R. Clay, Jr., 1985; Harry J.
Traurig, 1986.

Janet Q. Bacon, Administrator

One Investment Place
Suite 601
Towson 21204 Telephone: 321-3644

The Maryland Parole Commission was created
by Chapter 540, Acts of 1976, to replace the
Board of Parole. The previous board had been
established by Chapter 457, Acts of 1968, to re-
place the Board of Parole and Probation.

The Commission is composed of a chairperson
and six commissioners, all of whom are appointed
for terms of six years by the Secretary of Public
Safety and Correctional Services with the approv-
al of the Governor and with the advice and con-
sent of the Senate. The Secretary of Public Safety


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