Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is one of the largest state agencies in Maryland, employing over 11,000 individuals. DPSCS is charged with overseeing all individuals in the state prison system and on community supervision such as parole and probation. The Washington College Crime Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP) has developed a relationship with the DPSCS that allows for DPSCS to share offender datasets with the CMAP. The CMAP office is located adjacent to one of the 45 statewide DPSCS parole and probation offices which allow CMAP to use the secure DPSCS computer system to store, analyze and process all sensitive project related data.
Initially CMAP began our relationship with DPSCS through an initiative to share information about individuals on parole or probation with law enforcement, this initiative later evolved into the Maryland Offender Management System (MOMS). Through this initial relationship CMAP also gained access to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry to share with law enforcement via MOMS. CMAP has also worked closely with DPSCS to provide the Governor and other state agencies maps and analysis for several statewide summits on various criminal justice issues using specialized data sets. In addition to special data sets related to projects; CMAP also receives a daily extract of information on all open warrants held by Maryland courts.
In the Fall of 2011 CMAP began a project to map in 3D the Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) which is one of the state correctional institutions administered by DPSCS. When this project is completed authorized members of law enforcement will be able to walk through the facility virtually and interact with their environment. Using Google SketchUp and Unity, a digital 3D model of ECI is being created that will appear much like a video game. Employees will be able to walk through the virtual ECI and recognize where they are based on familiar details. The model will synchronize with databases of inmate information, making a user-friendly, visual means of accessing and organizing this important information. An employee can walk through one of the virtual cell blocks and easily access the data associated with each cell, such as the inmates’ names, sentences or gang affiliations. The model can also serve as a convenient way to see the layout of any part of the prison for use in employee training or in the event of an emergency.