The Howard County Detention Center provides a secure facility for incarcerating adults legally confined in Howard County, including pre-trial, pre-sentenced, and sentenced adult male and female offenders. The Howard County Department of Corrections has a staffing level of 144 employees with a rated capacity of 361.
The Central Booking Facility is responsible for the processing of all incoming adult arrestees and juvenile arrestees waived to adult jurisdiction in Howard County from various police agencies.
Security and Control: It is the primary responsibility of the Howard County Department of Corrections to provide for the supervision, safety and control of inmates, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department staffs three, eight-hour shifts each day with a Correctional Captain supervising each shift. Members of the security staff supervise and control inmates, process the intake and release of inmates, conduct rounds, counts and searches, supervise inmate movement, monitor visits and respond to all emergencies within the facility.
Training: Training is an on-going process which enables employees to develop and maintain the skills necessary to perform their duties. All newly hired Correctional Officers attend mandatory entry-level training at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Academy. Correctional staff receive a minimum of 18 hours in-service training annually.
Honor Guard: This unit represents the department at various functions such as award ceremonies, graduations, and the Fallen Heroes Ceremony.
SERT (Special Emergency Response Team): Specially trained personnel who respond to emergency situations.
Administrative Records Section: Employees prepare the department’s operating budget, monitor expenditures, procure and remit payment for all purchases necessary to operate the Department, collect revenues, prepare payroll, maintain inmate work release accounting, compute inmate release dates, maintain inactive inmate records, and administer the computer network and the automated corrections management system.
Classification: The Classification Section interviews and screens newly incarcerated inmates for appropriate housing assignments, assist inmates with special needs and/or problems, and evaluate and refer inmates for special program placement.
Community Based Programs: The Detention Center operates a Work Release Program. This program provides a transition into the workforce for inmates convicted of non-violent offenses in preparation for their eventual release from confinement.
Preemployment testing is held several times a year. For test dates, call the jobline at (410) 313-4460.
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A Message from the Director’s Office...
Howard County’s original jail, in Ellicott City, opened in 1878 and was built to accommodate 12 inmates. In 1975, the Division of Corrections was established. Several years later, the Division of Corrections was established as a Department.
Due to overcrowding conditions and an antiquated facility, the Department of Corrections sought and received funding for the construction of a new detention center. The Howard County Detention Center, in Jessup, opened in 1983 with a rated capacity of 108 inmates. The new facility opened with 63 inmates; within five years, the inmate population had greatly exceeded its rated capacity. The Department of Corrections again sought and obtained funding for the expansion of the detention center. The expansion was completed in 1994 with a rated capacity of 361 inmates.
In March 2005 the responsibility for booking arrestees was transferred from the Police Department to the Department of Corrections with the opening of the Central Booking Facility.
The Howard County Department of Corrections’ staff are highly motivated and trained employees who set and maintain a high professional standard. Because of their dedication and commitment to their profession and community, the Howard County Department of Corrections has maintained 100% compliance with the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards since its inception in 1980. Correctional staff have numerous responsibilities and opportunities for advancement in their career. As a correctional professional at the Howard County Department of Corrections, you can take pride in knowing that you contribute significantly to operating a department which is an integral part in the administration of justice and ensuring public safety in Howard County.