Maryland State

The Maryland Department of Public Safety has collaborated with Correction Services and a scientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to create the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative.

Sustainability programs within Maryland Department of Public Safety include tree planting programs, Master Gardener certifications and oyster growing to restore the depleted Chesapeake Bay.

Here is a photo gallery of other programs statewide in 2015. All photo by Anthony DePanise of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, except as noted.

Partners work in the W.H.O. garden at MCIW.

90% of Maryland prisons have gardens, some as large as 2 and 4 acres. In this photo, partners work in the W.H.O. garden at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

These salad green starts were grown at the Maryland Transition Center, in the same area as the conservation nursery.

Inmates at the Maryland Transition Center are trained by Master Gardeners to grow different types of vegetables for the Maryland Food Bank.

A garden cart at ECI is laden with starts.

A garden cart at Eastern Correctional Institution is laden with starts; at harvest, these vegetables will go to local food pantries.

Three Maryland facilities host honey bee programs. These hives are at MCIW.

Three Maryland facilities host honeybee programs to provide training for inmates and boost the local population of pollinators. These hives are at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

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A honeybee sits on the hand of an inmate beekeeper at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

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At Roxbury Correctional Institution, inmates train dogs to be adoptable pets in the Hope Hounds Program.

ECI's dog program trains service dogs for veterans. Other prisons train dogs to meet needs of people with disabilities.

Eastern Correctional Institution’s dog program train dogs for 18 months to service the needs of Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

During training, dogs room with handlers and accompany them throughout nearly activity during the day.

During training, dogs room with handlers and accompany them throughout nearly activity during the day.

At least two prisons host cat programs, in which rescue animals are cared for and socialized for adoption.

At least two prisons host cat programs, in which rescue animals are cared for and socialized for adoption; this one is at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

A cat handler at MCTC share a moment with his trainee.

A cat handler at Maryland Correctional Training Center shares a moment with his trainee.

 

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is engaging inmates in biodiversity research in the urban environment. Inmate crews have built three conservation nursery greenhouses inside the fence at the Maryland Transition Center. Outside the fence, they are greening urban vacant lots (collaborating with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability), and studying the resulting impacts on ecosystem services. The corrections and academic partners have invested enthusiasm and innovation to the program, and the inmates have proved gracious and hard working.

Staff and inmates discuss the garden and conservation nursery program at Maryland Transition Center.

Staff and inmates discuss the garden and conservation nursery program at Maryland Transition Center.

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An inmate technician in the conservation nursery at the Maryland Transition Center sows seeds for urban lot renewal. Photo by Dr. Chris Swan.

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An greened urban lot in central Baltimore; the lot was prepared and seeded with native plants by a crew from the Maryland Transition Center. Photo by Dr. Chris Swan.