Program Services Division

W. Stephan Simmons

W. Stephan Simmons, Division Chief
Program Services Division

Phone: (301) 952-7057

Contact: Sandra Spriggs
(301) 952-7187

The Program Services Division is responsible for a wide variety of programs designed to carry out the Department's mission to "provide opportunities whereby offenders are equipped with the skills to assist them in functioning as productive members of society.

Program services staff
School teacher prepares
work for juvenile offenders
Chaplain James Penn

Inmate Services

The Recreation Unit supervises a program of scheduled exercise in the facility's gymnasium and ensures the availability and maintenance of exercise equipment and recreational materials throughout the facility.

The Education Unit provides educational opportunities (Adult Basic Education, pre-GED and GED) to enhance the individual’s academic skill level.

The Library Unit provides leisure and law library services as part of the County library system, and oversees the use of a computer-assisted learning system.

The Vocational Programs Unit provides vocational training opportunities for inmates, which currently include a barber/styling school, an automotive repair program, a landscaping program and the Outside Work Detail.

Juvenile Services are provided through the JACS Program (Juveniles in Adult Correctional Settings), a comprehensive approach to managing juveniles in a facility that was built for managing adult offenders. The County school system provides instructors for the program. Other aspects include counseling, anger management, decision-making, moral reconation therapy, substance abuse education, health education, and physical exercise.

Religious Services are provided by the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. A full-time and part-time chaplain are responsible for attending to the spiritual needs of all inmates and coordinating the provision of services by ministers of all faiths as well as a cadre of volunteers.

Prevention with Incarcerated Persons (PIP) is an education and counseling service targeting incarcerated persons whose behavior carries a high risk for transmission of HIV. Provided by the County Health Department, it targets inmates who are within six months of release, and is designed to empower clients to identify and reduce such high-risk behavior.

The Women's Empowerment Program consists of counseling, life skills and education services exclusively for female offenders. It includes an aftercare component that assists clients with the reintegration process for a year after their release.

The Aftercare Program helps clients free themselves from a negative lifestyle, lack of skills, hopelessness and helplessness.  Provides opportunities to learn about new ways of viewing the world, coping in it, and learning to work in the community as a law abiding and productive member of society.

For further information, please contact:
T. Xavier Hamilton
Section Chief
(301) 952-7154

Community Services

The Day Reporting Program, run in conjunction with the Maryland Division of Parole & Probation, provides state and county inmates with an intermediate sanction whereby they can live at home while reporting daily to the Day Reporting Center.  The program provides counseling, training and supervision to assist offenders with successful reintegration into the community.

The Community Service Program provides the courts with an alternative to traditional incarceration wherein minor offenders are sentenced to a given number of hours of service to the community. The program identifies locations for community service, enrolls offenders in the program, and monitors their compliance with the hours of service imposed by the courts.

The Impact Program, Phases I and II, is part of the drug treatment efforts of HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). It gives the sentenced offender with a substance abuse history the opportunity to deal with the problem. While in jail, the offender participates in Phase I, a therapeutic community in which all participants are housed together and support one another. Phase II takes place at the Day Reporting Center, where the released offender is given programming and supervision during his/her reintegration into the community.

The Jail Based Drug Treatment Program fills the need for a substance abuse program for offenders who are in a pretrial status. Through education and counseling, pretrial detainees participate in a 28-day treatment protocol.

The Community Outreach and Treatment Services Program, staffed by the County Health Department, provides aftercare referral services for the chronic mentally ill.

For further information, please contact:
Amanda Welch
Section Chief
(301) 952-7342