The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force, comprised of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Health Department, and the St. Mary’s County Public Schools is announcing plans for the launch of a new Community Corrections Center.
“The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Detention and Rehabilitation Center has been recognized as a state and national leader for its successful pre-trial services program, which allows certain offenders to continue working while incarcerated or to receive medical services,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “We recognize that incarceration of our community members alone is not the answer. A comprehensive approach is required to provide increased services to members of our challenged population. The Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Health Department and our public schools are working together to meet these needs.”
“Individuals involved in the criminal justice system may experience worse health outcomes related to their limited access to health care services. For some, underlying health conditions, including mental health concerns and substance use disorders, may contribute to their involvement in crime.” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The Community Corrections Center gives us an opportunity to better address these root causes and stop the cycle of crime and poor health.”
“St. Mary’s County Public Schools, in partnering with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office, is committed to the Community Corrections Center,” said Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of SMCPS. “It is our core belief that education is an essential component of rehabilitation - ultimately unlocking recovery and opportunity.”
Special thanks go to the St. Mary’s County Government, the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works, and the Town of Leonardtown for the ongoing support they have provided for this project. Projected completion for the Community Corrections Center is January 2021.
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On June 29, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, and the St. Mary’s County Health Department signed a Joint Resolution to Advance Equity locally in regards to public safety, education and health. Learn more at www.smchd.org/equity.