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What are Maryland Inmate Records?

Maryland inmate records are documents containing data on offenders who have been detained, booked, or incarcerated in correctional inmate facilities in Maryland. Inmate records contain general information such as the inmate's full name, date of birth, race, and sex. Inmate records may also include inmate-specific data such as the inmate's booking number, the inmate's current location, and the inmate's status. Inmate records fall under the umbrella of public records and therefore can be accessed by the public, in compliance with Maryland's Public Information Act (PIA).

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Maryland Department of Corrections

Headquartered in Towson, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) oversees the activities of 24 state prisons and pre-release centers. This list contains the addresses and contact information of these correctional facilities:

Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center
901 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 545-8080
Fax: (410) 545-8289

Baltimore Pretrial Complex
531 East Madison Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 209-4130
Fax: (410) 209-4105

Metropolitan Transition Center
954 Forrest Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 230-1452
Fax: (410) 385-1049, (410) 209-4105

Youth Detention Center
926 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 2120,
Phone: (410) 230-1452
Fax: (410) 385-1049

Baltimore City Correctional Center
901 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202.
Phone: (410) 332-4340,
Fax: (410) 576-9470

Brockbridge Correctional Facility
7930 Brock Bridge Road
Jessup, MD 20794,
Phone: (410) 799-1363,
Fax: (410) 799-7404

Chesapeake Detention Facility (Formerly MCAC)
401 East Madison Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Central Maryland Correctional Facility (Formerly CLF)
7301 Buttercup Road
Sykesville, MD 21784

Correctional Mental Health Center – Jessup
7555 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Dorsey Run Correctional Facility
2020 Toulson Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: (410) 379-6020
Fax: (410) 379-6078

Eastern Correctional Institution
30420 Revells Neck Road
Westover, MD 21890
Phone: (410) 845-4000, (877) 802-6074
Fax: (410) 651-958

Eastern Correctional Institution – Annex
30420 Revells Neck Road
Westover, MD 21890
Phone: (410) 845-4000
Fax: (410) 651-3327

Eastern Pre-Release Unit
700 Flat Iron Square Road
Church Hill, MD 21623
Phone: (410) 810-5400
Fax: 410) 758-4329

Jessup Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 534
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: (410) 799-6100, (877) 304-9755
Fax: (410) 799-1025

Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown
18601 Roxbury Road,
Hagerstown, MD 21746,
Phone: (240) 420-1000, (877) 229-1351,
Fax: (301) 790-4939

Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup
7803 House of Correction Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: (410) 799-7610, (877) 313-0632
Fax: (410) 799-7527

Maryland Correctional Institution – Women
7943 Brockbridge Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: (410) 379-3800, (877) 280-1185
Fax: (410) 799-6146

Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System
7931 Brock Bridge Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: (410) 799-1363, (877) 839-8655
Fax: (410) 799-5793

Maryland Correctional Training Center
18800 Roxbury Road,
Hagerstown, MD 21746
Phone: (240) 420-1601, (877) 692-8136
Fax: (301) 797-8574

Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center
550 East Madison Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 878-3500
Fax: (410) 783-410

North Branch Correctional Institution
14100 McMullen Highway, Southwest
Cumberland, MD 21502,
Phone: (301) 729-7400,
Fax: (301) 729-1259

Patuxent Institution (Correctional Mental Health Center – Jessup)
7555 Waterloo Road,
Jessup, MD 20794,
Phone: (410) 799-3400
Fax: (410) 799-7457

Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit
14320 Oaks Road
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Phone: (301) 274-4701
Fax: (301) 274-0753

Threshold Inc.
1702 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 727-0100
Fax: (410) 727-0103

Western Correctional Institution
13800 McMullen Highway, Southwest
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (301) 729-7000, (877) 286-3965
Fax: (301) 729-7024

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Maryland Prison and Jail

The DPSCS is responsible for supervising detained and incarcerated offenders in the state. Inmates incarcerated under this department can receive money orders through the lockbox service. These money orders are then processed and delivered to inmates held in Maryland state correctional facilities. The DPSCS's Divisions of Correction handles payments made to inmates, which must be made through money orders. Money orders are to be addressed and sent to the following address:

Name of the inmate, SID number, Institute
P.O. Box 17111
Baltimore, MD 21297-0382

The following information is typically required when sending money to inmates in Maryland:

  • Inmate's full name
  • Name of facilities of incarceration
  • The inmate's state identification (SID) number
  • Sender's name
  • Sender's address

Senders must write these details in capital letters with either blue or black pens before mailing it out. Generally, it takes 3 to 7 business days to process and deliver money orders to inmates. On the other hand, the procedure for sending money to county jail inmates is usually determined by the facility where the inmate is incarcerated. For instance, some county correctional facilities limit how much money can be sent to an inmate. An example of this is the Montgomery county jail, which permits a maximum deposit of $300 per transaction into an inmate's account. The Baltimore County jail, however, does not have any such limits. This facility also provides interested parties with several payment options, including phone payments, online payments through its detention center kiosk, or walk-in payments at specific retail locations. Fees may also be required when sending money to these jails and are typically based on the amount of money sent to the inmate.

How to Visit an Inmate in Maryland Prison and Jail

Only persons included on an inmate's official visiting list may visit persons serving time in Maryland prisons and jails. Most of the facilities in Maryland require that inmates first fill out an application prior to their visit. Depending on the detention center, inmates may be allowed up to 15 visitors on a list. In addition, visitors will be required to present a valid government-issued ID, such as a valid birth certificate, passport, or military ID, during each visit.

Maryland correctional facilities generally have certain rules and requirements regarding visitation. Any interested parties who wish to visit with inmates under their care must strictly adhere to the requirements. Some of these rules include:

  • Visitation is solely by appointment, and parties should make this appointment at least seven days before the proposed visit. In-person visitations can be scheduled by sending an email to the assigned email addresses of the facility where the inmate is incarcerated. Note that approvals for visitations are typically given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Visitors must meet certain eligibility requirements. These usually include being at least 12 years old and having their names listed on an approved visitors list. Depending on the facility, the number of visitors allowed to see an inmate at a time may also be limited.
  • Visitors can only visit during designated visitation hours and must arrive on time for these visitations.
  • Visitors must follow a strict dress code. Note that the enforcement of this dress code is usually dependent on the correctional facility.
  • Visitors are strictly prohibited from delivering contraband items to inmates or delivering contraband items to inmates. Individuals convicted of violating this rule can be charged with a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment of anywhere between three to 10 years, or both.

Questions concerning inmate visitation in Maryland can be directed to the DPSCS at (410) 724-5722. It is also advisable to contact the specific correction facility where the inmate is located to inquire about any additional visitation requirements particular to that location.

How to Perform a Maryland Prison Inmate Search

Interested parties can search for inmates incarcerated in Maryland prisons by using the inmate locator to perform a free inmate search by name. However, note that escapees, inmates sentenced to short-term sentences, or released will not appear on this online search. A typical inmate lookup will furnish the individual with the inmate's biodata and sentencing information. The DPSCS handles inquiries regarding inmate searches on (410) 339-5000.

How to Perform a Maryland County Jail Inmate Search

Maryland county jails typically have online databases where local law enforcement offices store inmate information. Persons who wish to find a person in jail may also contact the local sheriff's office or police department to obtain information on inmates. For example, the Baltimore County Department of Corrections offers an online inmate search site that the public can access to perform a county jail search.

The difference between prisons and jails in Maryland relies on the severity of the offenses committed. Inmates are held in jails when they are given short-term sentences for minor crimes, while prisons are for inmates who have committed more severe crimes and are given a long-term sentence. The state governs prisons while county jails are under the jurisdiction of the office of the local sheriff.

The Difference between Maryland State Prisons and County Jail

Maryland state prisons and county jails are operated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. As of 2018, there were 19 state prisons and 30 county jails in Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is responsible for the operation of all state prisons and county jails in Maryland. The department is divided into two main divisions: the Division of Correction and the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services.

The Division of Correction is responsible for the operation of all state prisons in Maryland. The division is divided into five regions: Central, Eastern, Southern, Western, and Northern. Each region is responsible for the operation of a certain number of state prisons.

The Division of Pretrial Detention and Services is responsible for the operation of all county jails in Maryland. The division is divided into three regions: Central, Eastern, and Western. Each region is responsible for the operation of a certain number of county jails.

Maryland state prisons are classified into four levels: minimum security, low security, medium security, and high security. County jails are classified into two levels: minimum security and medium security.

Minimum security prisons are typically used for non-violent offenders with short sentences. Low security prisons are typically used for non-violent offenders with longer sentences. Medium security prisons are typically used for violent offenders with long sentences. High security prisons are typically used for violent offenders with very long sentences or those who have been sentenced to death.

County jails are typically used for two purposes: to hold offenders who are awaiting trial and to hold offenders who have been sentenced to serve a term of one year or less.

How to Find an Inmate Release Date

Inmate release date is available online via the prison lookup tool. Concerned persons may also contact the jail administrator directly. However, the record custodian may sequester this information for privacy or security reasons. In such cases, only eligible persons, including the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized law enforcement officials, will have access to the exact inmate release date. At best, interested members of the public will only see the month and year of release.

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