Community Supervision

Topics At A Glance

Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)

Community Supervision (formerly the Division of Parole and Probation) continued its focus on targeting the most violent offenders under supervision in Maryland through the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). Community Supervision is on the ground and in the community proactively assisting local law enforcement, and using all available legal tools to keep neighborhoods safe – sharing intelligence with criminal justice partners and more effectively requesting revocation warrants onVPI Chart non-compliant offenders.

Better relationships with law enforcement has also enhanced supervision of this population through the development of WatchCenters with embedded Community Supervision Agents in four police departments in Baltimore City and County, Prince George’s County and Salisbury.

VPI offenders are under Maryland’s strictest supervision model, with zero room for error:

  • More proactive supervision of this population has resulted in 15,348 violation warrants issued statewide by Maryland courts and the Parole Commission since tracking began in FY08, through the end of FY12.
  • 6,489 of Maryland’s most violent offenders have had their parole or probation revoked during the same time period.

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Fewer Offender Victims – Metro Focus

Because of focusing resources on offenders with higher risk for violent crime in the community, we are seeing fewer victims of violent crime in Baltimore City, County and Prince George’s County. During FY12:

  • 31% drop over the previous year in the rate of homicide victims under our supervision, as well as a 40% decrease when compared to FY09.
  • We also saw a 15% drop in the rate of non-fatal shootings of offenders under our supervision since FY09, with an 8% decrease over FY11. Of particular note is a 55% drop in non-fatal shooting victims under supervision exclusively in Baltimore County.

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Statewide Homicide Reductions

Community Supervision efforts have also helped propel Maryland to record low homicide rates – their lowest since the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports program began.

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Warrant Service

DPSCS’ Warrant Apprehension Unit includes men and women with special law enforcement training and the legal authority to execute arrest warrants issued by the courts and Parole Commission. During FY12 the agents participated in numerous statewide warrant initiatives, assisting local, state and federal law enforcement in clearing outstanding warrants.

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Cross-Border Information Sharing

Maryland works collaboratively with Virginia (VA), the District of Columbia (DC), New York and during FY12 added Delaware, to track the most violent offenders under our respective supervision as they cross in between jurisdictions. Prior to the initiative, Maryland probationer’s illegal activity in other jurisdictions would go mostly unknown. Cross-Border ChartToday, like the VPI, this collaboration allows jurisdictions to compare arrest data on a daily basis against names of those under supervision for possible matches and quick violations on high risk offenders when appropriate. During FY12:

  • DPSCS received data on 2,067 arrests of Maryland offenders in partner states.
  • A total of 8,915 arrests shared since inception that Agents may not have known about prior to this sharing initiative.

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Sexual Offender Supervision

Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, parole and probation has been at the forefront in the development and implementation of effective strategies for the management and treatment of sexual offenders through the use of Collaborative Offender Management Enforced Treatment (COMET).

COMET teams are placed throughout Maryland and include specially trained agents with reduced caseloads. Through this enhanced supervision sexual offenders are subject to clinical polygraph exams, computer monitoring and electronic tracking. In addition to agents, team members include stakeholders from the judicial, law enforcement, treatment and victim advocacy communities. During FY12:

  • Only 1.5% of sex offenders on active supervision were charged with subsequent sexual offenses.

See Technology Initiative Page for Livescan and Kiosks use by Community Supervision to enhance offender supervision.

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Quick Facts

Violence Prevention Initiative

  • 2,200 average active cases per month under VPI in FY12

   
Since tracking began in FY08

  • 15,348 warrants issued on VPI offenders
  • 6,849 VPI parole/probation revocations

 

WatchCenters

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Salisbury
  • MD Coordination Analysis Center

 

Violence Reduction

  • 40% drop in homicide rate and 15% drop in non-fatal shootings since 2009 for offenders under supervision in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Baltimore County
  • Statewide homicide rate lowest since 1975

 

Cross-Border Collaboration

  • Share arrest information on Parole & Probation offenders with DC,VA and NY
  • MD received data on 8,915 arrests since inception
  • DE added late FY12 – 65 arrests reported in first year

 

Sex Offender Supervision

  • Only 1.5% of sex offenders under Community Supervision’s containment model were charged with subsequent sexual offences in FY12