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  1. Classification Secretary Gary D. Maynard

  2. Classification in MD • Security Classification Instrument • Originally developed in 1988 by Dr. Edward Letessa • Continually updated/reviewed for best practices • Basic intake classification sets original security level • Reclassification done annually, bi-annually for those within 3yrs of release • Inmate programming assignments based on both security classification and needs assessment/Case Plan • Case Plans developed in 2010 by Dr. James Austin

  3. Strengths of MD’s Classification • Classification working in conjunction with case planning • Emphasize placing offender in least restrictive environment • Case plan compliance affects reclassification • Proactive involvement in programming • Behavior modification programs for disruptive inmates • NBCI Levels Program – max security • Special Needs Program – mental health • Reduce need to lower security levels to accommodate programming • Correctional Enterprises using long term offenders • Public Safety Compact

  4. Challenges in MD’s Classification • Lifers unable to participate in work release • Limited resources to meet case plan needs • Sex offenders • Possible solutions: • Focus on offenders who benefit most • Use community resources • Staff time involved in security reclassification and case planning • Requires honesty from offender

  5. Ideal Classification for MD • Dynamic, sequential classification from booking to community supervision • Reorganization/integration of supervision functions • Involve local counties • Intake/classification/case planning • Reentry • $14 mil investment in OCMS utilized to improve flow of information/records • Utilize regional resources to address needs • Regional classification tools • Mission-based institutions