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How Are Inmate Records in Maryland Created and Stored?

Maryland inmate records are created by law enforcement and corrections staff throughout the state. Paperwork is completed when someone is arrested. The RAP sheet contains the suspect's name, address, physical description, and details of his or her crime. After that, any event that takes place in the inmate's life is recorded and added to the file. All these inmate records are stored online in a central repository, and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MDPSC ) is the agency in charge of keeping them and maintaining them. They are available to the general public for inmate searches 24/7.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Maryland?

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has an inmate locator feature on their website so that anyone wanting to perform a Maryland inmate search can find someone incarcerated within the state. Not all the facilities are included in the listing so in those cases, the requester should call the MDPSC directly to get information on someone housed elsewhere in the state. Released and escaped prisoners will not show up in the search results either. Anyone interested in finding out if someone has any criminal or arrest records should try the Infotracer tool. Using a quick name search the requester can see court cases, criminal records, divorces, marriages, assets and more.

What Does Maryland’s Prison System Look Like?

Maryland has quite a few different types of corrections facilities and programs to help rehabilitate offenders while also keeping the public safe. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is responsible for "Pretrial Detainees, Inmates, and Supervised Offenders." The types of programs and facilities that make up the prison system are:

  • 27 State Prisons
  • 13 Juvenile Detention Centers
  • 3 Federal Prisons
  • 75 Local Police Jails
  • 45 Probation/Parole offices

The Department of Corrections is committed to "returning offenders to society with the tools necessary to keep them from their former life of crime is evident in the vast array of job skill opportunities, educational programming, psychological and health sessions, and drug treatment."

Did you Know?

  • 0.33% of people in Maryland are under correctional control, from which 72,529 are on probation, and 10,305 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 8,131 people walk out of prison gates in Maryland, but people go to jail 1.0 times more each year
  • 96% of prison inmates in Maryland are male, 4% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Maryland increased by 278 percent (from $457,880,936 to $1,732,240,000).
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Maryland prison population decreased by 15%

Types of Jails/Prisons in Maryland

Maryland has twenty-seven state prisons and reentry facilities which detain pretrial suspects, hold sentenced inmates in custody and help transition prisoners before they are released back into society. The state also has thirteen juvenile detention centers aimed at holding and rehabilitating youth offenders, so they veer off the criminal path they are on. Many local police stations have jails in Maryland. There are also three federal prisons in Maryland which hold inmates who have broken federal laws. The state is heavy into supervisory programs like parole and probation and has forty-five offices to help inmates stay out of prison.

How Many People are Locked up in Maryland?

Maryland’s prison system holds 19,994 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 19,848 residents are held in state prisons, 18 in federal prisons, 9 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 94 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities9
Federal Prisons18
State Prisons19,848
Local Jails94
Private Prisons25

Maryland State Prisons

Maryland has twenty-seven state prisons and reentry facilities which detain pretrial suspects, hold sentenced inmates in custody and help transition prisoners before they are released back into society. The state also has thirteen juvenile detention centers aimed at holding and rehabilitating youth offenders, so they veer off the criminal path they are on. Many local police stations have jails in Maryland. There are also three federal prisons in Maryland which hold inmates who have broken federal laws. The state is heavy into supervisory programs like parole and probation and has forty-five offices to help inmates stay out of prison.

  • Baltimore Pretrial Complex, Baltimore
  • Metropolitan Transition Center
  • Youth Detention Center
  • Baltimore City Correctional Center
  • Brockbridge Correctional Facility
  • Chesapeake Detention Facility (Formerly MCAC)
  • Central Maryland Correctional Facility (Formerly CLF)
  • Correctional Mental Health Center
  • Dorsey Run Correctional Facility
  • Eastern Correctional Institution
  • Eastern Correctional Institution Annex
  • Eastern Pre-Release Unit Church Hill
  • Herman L. Toulson Correctional Facility (Formerly TBC)
  • Home Detention Unit
  • Jessup Correctional Institution
  • Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown
  • Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup
  • Maryland Correctional Institution for Women
  • Maryland Correctional Training Center
  • Maryland Reception, Diagnostic, and Classification Center. North Branch Correctional Institution
  • Patuxent Institution
  • Roxbury Correctional Institution
  • Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit
  • Threshold Baltimore
  • Western Correctional Institution

 

How to Search for State Prison Inmates in Maryland

The process for finding someone in a Maryland state prison is easy. There are two methods to follow as outlined below:

  1. Visit the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website
  2. From the side menu, choose "Find an Inmate."
  3. Enter a first, last, or both names.
  4. Review the results list that includes the name and date of birth only.
  5. Click on the name to see additional details.

 

If you do not find the person you are looking for, you can contact either the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services directly or one of the facilities to find out if someone is housed there.

Maryland Federal Prisons

Maryland has three federal prison facilities in the state. They house offenders of all types and custody levels. The federal prison facilities in Maryland include:

  • Baltimore RRM - residential reentry program
  • Cumberland FCI - medium-security facility with satellite camp, housing 1,275 male inmates
  • Mid-Atlantic RO - An administrative office providing oversight & support to facilities located in the Mid-Atlantic Region, housing 27,163 inmates

 

Maryland's Federal Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total21617171818
Male21617171818
Female000000

How to Search for an Inmate in a Maryland Federal Prison

The process for finding someone incarcerated in federal prison is different than for state prison. All federal facilities are overseen and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). Therefore, any person wanting to perform a Maryland inmate search for a federal prisoner should contact them directly. The FOB does have an inmate locator feature on their website, and they have a page dedicated to each facility with contact details to contact them also. Also listed on the FOB website are detailed instructions on how to visit or send money or gifts to inmates.

Maryland County Jails

Maryland has seventy-five jails which are operated and managed by local police stations. They hold pretrial detainees and inmates awaiting sentencing. Some state prison facilities under the direction of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services also hold detainees and pretrial suspects awaiting their day in court. Some local police stations have their own website where interested parties can find out more information.

Maryland's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total1511781309516394
Male1431691278915385
Female8936109

How to Perform a Maryland Jail Inmate Search

The state of Maryland has seventy-five local police jails rather than county jails. These jails are spread throughout the state and house pretrial suspects and short-term inmates. Anyone wanting to perform a Maryland jail inmate search can do so by following the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services website
  2. From the side menu, choose "Find an Inmate"
  3. Enter a first, last, or both names
  4. Review the results list that includes the name and date of birth only
  5. Click on the name to see additional details

 

If the process above fails to yield results, the next option would be to contact the local police station where the person was arrested. Some of the police stations have a website with inmate search features or listing of current residents.

Maryland Juvenile Detention Centers

Maryland has thirteen juvenile detention centers (spread over six geographical regions) to house youth offenders under the age of 18. Each serves a different age population, and some have tighter security measures than others. The list includes:

  • Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center
  • Backbone Mountain Youth Center
  • Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center
  • Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School
  • Cheltenham Youth Detention Center
  • Green Ridge Youth Center
  • J. DeWeese Carter Center
  • Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center
  • Meadow Mountain Youth Center
  • Savage Mountain Youth Center
  • Thomas J.S. Waxter Children's Center
  • Victor Cullen Center
  • Western Maryland Children's Center

 

Maryland's juvenile detention centers are in place to help children get back on track and avoid recidivism within the prison system once they reach 18.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total3924222249
Male3623181848
Female314401

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

The process for searching for an inmate in a Maryland juvenile detention center is simple. Since all thirteen facilities are operated and run by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, friends, family, and interested parties should contact them directly to find a Maryland inmate in juvenile detention. Although juvenile records are generally sealed, with authorization, certain people will be provided access and the right to visit, send gifts or money or talk on the phone with a juvenile offender housed there.

Why are People Incarcerated in Maryland?

Maryland has 36,000 people in prison. Of that total, 18,000 are in state prison, 11,000 are being detained in local jails, 5,800 are in federal prisons, and 610 are in juvenile detention. Another 510 are in mental institutions. Maryland inmates have been incarcerated due to committing felonies of a severe nature. Only a small fraction of the total inmates has committed violent acts such as murder or rape. Most have committed crimes against people or property.

Maryland’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Maryland’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 329, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 27%. The number of Maryland prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 19,994, from which 4% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 19,172 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total380360352346340329317
Male750713696683672651625
Female31292929282627

Where Do Maryland Inmates Go When They are Released?

The state of Maryland is highly committed to ending recidivism, and therefore many of their correctional facilities are designed to transition prisoners out of confinement back into society by helping them get jobs, secure housing and reconnect with family and friends. By equipping inmates with the skills and resources, they need to be successful reduces the need for them to return to a life of crime. Many who suffer from mental illness also receive support and treatment.

How Does Parole Work in Maryland?

Parole is a supervisory program where inmates who have behaved well in prison and do not pose a threat to the public may be released early (before the end of their term). They must follow specific rules, including check-ins with parole officers and other items. If they fail to comply with even one of the parole board's rules, they will return to prison to serve out the remainder of their sentence.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 10,305
Entries: 4,295
Exits: 4,877
Change in 2016: -5%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Maryland?

In some cases, instead of prison, a Maryland judge will order probation. This allows the offender to walk free, keep their jobs and families and return to normal life, however, they must follow explicit rules such as being supervised by a probation officer and submitting to drug tests and regular visits. If they fail to comply with any of the court-ordered regulations, they will go to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 72,529
Entries: 33,494
Exits: 37,470
Change in 2016: -5%

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