Career Opportunities

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 153 employees with a rated capacity of 475. Positions available include Correctional Officers, Corrections Specialists, and Support Staff. For employment opportunities open at this time click here or visit Employment Opportunities under Human Resource website. The phone number to Human Resource is 410-313-2033. The Human Resource office is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, except County's approved holidays.

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.


Program Services

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.

For a detailed description of career opportunities click here.

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