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Inmate Programs and Services

The Department offers a wide range of programs to the inmate population. Through partnerships with other County departments, including the Health Department, Social Services, Community Colleges of Baltimore County and several nonprofit agencies, self-improvement programs are offered in:

  • Anger management
  • Domestic violence
  • Healthy choices
  • Job skills

Inmates can access any of the above programs by sending a 118 form to their Classification Officer.

Contact Information

Program/DivisionContact Information
Programs ManagerPhone: 410-512-3400
Alternative Sentencing Office
Phone: 410-512-3343
Work Release Phone: 410-512-3340
Home Detention Phone: 410-512-3429


Pretrial Services

Classification Unit
Phone: 410-512-3241



Community Corrections Unit
Phone: 410-512-3340

GED Program

The Baltimore County Office of Adult Education provides GED instructors to the facility to assist inmates in completing their high school education. Additionally, state law requires the Department of Corrections to provide continuing high school education for all detainees under the age of 21 who have not yet earned a GED or high school diploma.

Work Release Program

The program offers an inmate the opportunity to continue working while incarcerated, allowing financial support to be provided to their family. The unit is supervised by the Department of Corrections and is supported by local community businesses.

Home Detention Program

The Home Detention Unit utilizes the most up-to-date technology to monitor the location of inmates who are eligible to serve a sentence while living supervised at their residence as an alternative to incarceration. This affords the inmate an opportunity to continue employment, provide family support, and promote community involvement. The court may recommend home detention at the time of commitment, as a condition of pretrial release, or approved participants identified by Department staff as eligible. The Department encourages pre-screening of inmates for Home Detention.

Work Details Program

Qualified inmates near the end of a sentence are housed in a less restrictive environment and used for interagency work details. The Department of Recreation and Parks has employed some inmates after the completion of their sentence. Work detail inmates are also a major part of the Maryland Environmental Services recycle facility workforce in Cockeysville.

Weekenders Program

The Detention Center houses male and female offenders sentenced by the court to serve "weekends" usually from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m. Occasionally the "weekend" sentence will be served on weekdays to accommodate the offender's work schedule of regular days off.

Alternative Sentencing Program

The Alternative Sentencing Program supervises offenders who are court-ordered to one of two program components: Community Service or TASC. An offender can be supervised by one or both components of the Alternative Sentencing Program.

Community Service

The Community Service Program provides a court-ordered means for offenders to work without compensation for a specific number of hours in a nonprofit community or government agency. Its goals are to provide nonviolent offenders an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community in lieu of fines/incarceration.

TASC Program 

The TASC Program provides evaluation and supervision to substance abuse-dependent individuals referred by the Baltimore County Circuit Court, District Court, or the State’s Attorney Office. Through treatment referral and closely supervised community reintegration, TASC aims to permanently interrupt the cycle of addiction and encourage positive societal behaviors. Case Management occurs in our Towson office as well as in Dundalk, Essex, and Catonsville.

TASC is primarily assigned by judges for drug offenders who would benefit from intensive case management services to get treatment and monitoring. TASC is considered more intensive case management than Parole and Probation. Offenders are required to report for the entire length of their probation. There are no call-ins and completion of a treatment program is usually required. Additionally, random urinalysis testing is conducted on a regular basis.

Additional Services

  • Library Services—The Department of Corrections’ Detention Center has within its confines a branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. The library provides educational and recreational reading materials for the inmate population.
  • Substance Abuse Counseling—Through partnerships with both the Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse and Gaudenzia, LLC, substance abuse services are offered at the Detention Center as well as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. This includes court assessments as well as counseling.
  • Religious Services—The Department of Corrections will provide religious opportunities for all denominations through volunteer religious providers.
  • Pretrial Services—serves both the District and Circuit Courts of Baltimore County by providing verified background information and criminal histories on defendants scheduled for bail reviews. Qualified defendants are placed on Pretrial Services supervision in lieu of bail, and conditions of release are monitored.

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Contact Us

Department of Corrections

720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Walt J. Pesterfield

Deputy Directors

Hilary Siakor-Sirleaf
Renard Brooks


Andrew Chiddick
David Greer